Masjid Raya Baiturrahman in Banda Aceh, Aceh. (JP/P.J.LEO)
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya together with the Ministry’s secretary Ukus Kuswara traveled to Aceh on Nov. 21 to oversee the preparation of Sail Sabang 2017.
Arriving at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport, Aceh, the team immediately inspected the area around the airport.
Ukus who arrived first went to several locations such as Ulee Lheue Port, Balohan Port and the location of Sabang Fair. The two ports will be the arrival points of participating yachts.
The Ministry is determined to make sure that all facilities such as mooring buoys, portable toilets, petrol station and clean water supply will always be available.
Additionally, the Ministry is also looking after the visa extension procedure, “The visa extension procedure should be done at least 14 days before the expiration date, this is a problem for the tourists who are mostly going to spend their time at sea,” Ukus added.
After visiting the two ports, the group then headed to Sabang Bay or CT3 Port that will be the location for the event’s finale.
“The Ministry is also going to check on the transportation, accommodation, promotion, publication and documentation,” Ukus said.
According to Arief, Sail Sabang 2017 is a very important event because it is the first step in shaping Sabang to become a world-class yacht destination.
“I’ll make sure that everything will go well. This event is the starting point of Sabang-Phuket-Langkawi route, also known as SaPhuLa Golden Triangle,” said Arief.
“Sabang is a favorite destination among tourists who love to do water and sea activities. In Sabang they can go diving, snorkeling, fishing, tanning and others,” he added. (asw)