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Indonesia seeks to lure Malaysian divers at MIDE 2017

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Jakarta  /  Sat, May 13, 2017  /  12:32 pm
Indonesia seeks to lure Malaysian divers at MIDE 2017

Snorkeling, along with diving, is one the main attractions, which attract tourists to Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi. Indonesia's underwater charms are in the spotlight at the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2017 that runs from May 12 to 14 at Tun Razak Hall 1 in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Kompas/Agnes Rita Sulistyawaty)

Indonesia's underwater charms are in the spotlight at the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2017 that runs from May 12 to 14 at Tun Razak Hall 1 in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“There are 200,000 Malaysians who own a diving license; we are predicting that most of them are going to come to this event,” said the president of Malaysia Scuba Diving Association Dato Fazli Mokhtar during the event’s opening ceremony.

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Rizki Handayani, the assistant deputy for Southeast Asian tourism promotion at the Tourism Ministry, also had the honor of delivering a speech at the opening ceremony.

“In this exhibition we are going to promote destinations that are home to a vast array of coral reefs and sea animals. Being part of the Coral Triangle, Indonesia is definitely the ultimate destination when it comes to underwater beauty,” said Rizki.

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Also in attendance was deputy minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Binti Samsudin, who acknowledged that there had a been a significant improvement in this year’s MIDE exhibition.

“The first time MIDE was held, there were only 40 booths. Now there are 200 booths that take part in this event and of course the number of visitors is also increasing,” Samsudin said. (kes)

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