View from a beach in Sabang, Aceh. (Shutterstock/File)
Tourism ministry recently promoted Sail Sabang 2017 event at two yacht clubs in Phuket, Thailand namely Phuket Yacht Club and Yacht Phuket Haven on Oct. 22.
The ministry’s marine tourism advisor Dr. Marsetio said that the promotional event at Yacht Phuket Club was attended by 20 yachters and the one at Yacht Phuket Haven was attended by 60 yachters.
“We will do everything in our power in order to attract yachters in Phuket to take part in Sail Sabang 2017 that will be held on Nov. 28 – Dec. 5. We will give out attractive incentives. So far there are already 65 yachters who have signed up for the event,” Marsetio said on Monday.
Apart from promoting Sail Sabang 2017, the ministry was also aiming to create business opportunities in the three marinas located in Phuket, Langkawi and Sabang, also known as the Triangular Sailing Passage or the golden triangle.
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Other than the yacht rally, Sail Sabang 2017 will also feature other events such as science and technology seminar and exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jambore Iptek Sabang, Archipelago Youth Ship, Aceh Cultural Week, Sail Sabang parade and carnival, Work Parachute Championship, International Aerobatic Show, Cruise Ship International welcoming event and International Diving Competition.
“These supporting events are expected to attract yachters to take part in Sail Sabang 2017. The next promotion will be held in Langkawi on November 9 and Pangkor on November 11,” Marsetio added.
Tourism minister, Arief Yahya said, "Sail Sabang 2017 is a world-class marine tourism acceleration program. We have to closely monitor the preparation so that the event goes as planned." (asw)