Seaside view at Sabang, Weh Island. (Shutterstock/File)
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya visited the final rehearsal of Sail Sabang 2017.
“According to the instruction from President Joko Widodo, Sail [Indonesia] isn’t just a ceremonial event, it should give positive impact to the locals,” Arief said.
“This is the biggest Sail Sabang event because of three things: it has the highest numbers of participants, visitors and events,” he added.
The event that runs from Nov. 28 until Dec. 5 marks the ninth series of Sail Indonesia.
During his visit, he saw the Dewa Ruci Ship and the newest Bima Suci Ship. These two ships will join the parade on Oct. 5.
Meanwhile, Cruise Victoria cruise ship carrying thousands of tourists and 100 yachts from all over the world have arrived in Sabang for the event.
“Cruise ship [passengers] have higher spending, which is around $100,000,” said Arief.
The data until Nov. 30 shows that there are already 20,000 visitors who come for Sail Sabang 2017.
“15 percent of them are international tourists,” he added.
Sail Sabang 2017 has 46 events with the finale will be held on Dec. 2. (asw)