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Jakarta Post

Govt to put spotlight on Sabang seas

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:48 am

The government has set its sights on boosting marine tourism in Sabang, Aceh, as marine tourism is expected to contribute to one-fifth of the country’s total foreign visitors by 2020.The Sabang Free Trade Zone and Port Management Body (BPKS) noted that Sabang had potential, especially as it was a boat ride away from established marine tourist spots in Phuket, Thailand, and Langkawi, Malaysia, forming a so-called golden triangle for marine tourism and yachts.“Sabang has massive potential. It can be a world-class maritime destination like Phuket and Langkawi,” BPKS head Sayid Fadhil said on Monday.Sabang is home to a 20-meter-deep draft port with three terminals that can welcome yachts and large cruise ships from all over the world.It is also listed as one of the country’s main gates for cruise and yacht ships, as stipulated in Presidential Regulation No. 105/2015.He said Sabang’...