The Jakarta Post
One of the many beautiful beaches on Sabang Island, Aceh (Indonesia.travel/File)
In a bid to increase tourism, Sabang, home to Indonesia's zero-kilometer marker, has plans in store to promote its many attractions to a global audience.
On Sunday, the Acehnese city closed the five-day Sabang Marine Festival (SMF). Held by the Free Trade Seaport Area Development (BPKS), the event aimed to attract yachters from around the world. At least 23 yachts are reported to have flocked to the festival from as far away as the United Kingdom, United States, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, France, South Africa, Thailand and Germany.
"We have already set next year's target at attracting 100 yachts," said the festival's chairman Fauzi Umar as quoted by Antara news agency. "In addition to SMF, we will also hold Sail Sabang 2017."
The third installment of SMF featured many events, including art and cultural performances, traditional competitions, Tour de Sabang and music performances by local artists. The city's Marina Port, situated within Lhok Weng and Iboh, was also introduced at the festival.
Home to Indonesia's zero-kilometer marker, Sabang is blessed with breathtaking underwater scenery that has attracted many domestic and foreign visitors to come dive and snorkle. (vod/kes)