Pristine water surrounding Maratua, Berau regency. (Shutterstock/File)
Berau Regency, East Kalimantan has become a favorite destination for Chinese tourists.
The regency has several tourist spots such as Derawan Island, Kakaban Island and Maratua Island.The latter one has so far welcomed thousands of Chinese tourists.
“If everything goes well, in January 2018 there will be around 3,000 tourists who are flying from Guangzhou to Tarakan and Maratua,” said Berau deputy regent Agus Tantomo.
Susi Air offers a flight from Tarakan to Maratua and Kalimarau every Wednesday, meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia has a charter flight from Balikpapan to Maratua every Saturday.
“This December, there’s a plan for six direct flights from Hong Kong to Tarakan and then to Maratua in a month,” Agus added.
In 2017, the tourism growth in Berau has reached 24 percent. However, Agius said that the human resources and infrastructure in the regency still need to be improved. (asw)
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