State shipping firm Pelni will expand into cruise ship operations, as it sees potential business in the country’s tourist industry.
Pelni president director Elvin Guntoro said the effort would begin this year, with the company possibly seeking a state enterprise partner to run the cruise ship around the country’s tourist destinations.
“We will be the operator of the cruise ship,” he said on Wednesday.
Elvin stated that the company had pocketed Rp 5 billion (US$372,162) from its tourism service so far, but he said it would be a potential business going forward.
It is so far running its shipping service on six routes around a number of destinations such as Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara and Raja Ampat, Papua, among others.
Pelni commercial director Harry Boediarto said the cruise ship could be purchased in a joint venture manner, mentioning state hotel firm Patrajasa as a potential partner.
“We will run it around 10 emerging destinations,” he said, referring to the government’s 10 priority destinations to be develop, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara.
The company expects to carry out a cruise ship test run this year.
The government itself has aims to welcome 15 million tourists this year, which will climb to 20 million tourists by 2019. (bbn)