The Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is in the process of preparing special sea routes for visiting yachts in order to lure a larger segment of yachts undertaking round the world cruises.
Firmansyah Rahim, the director general of tourism destination development at the Tourism Ministry said that past efforts to lure yacht tourism to Indonesia have been limited to sailing regattas and yacht races, such as Sail Indonesia, Sail Banda, Sail Morotai and similar events.
On the average, 500 foreign yachts have visited Indonesia each year.
“Now we hope that beyond the assistance of sailing events, individual yachts visiting Indonesia can reach 10,000 – 20,000 vessels each year, said Firmansyah.
He went on to explain that 70% of Indonesian territory is comprised of water that can be used by visiting sailing yachts from around the world.
As reported by Bisnis.com, in order to stimulate yacht tourism the President has issued a new regulation for this sector on October 31, 2012. These regulations have adopted a “prosperity approach” - utilizing mechanisms and procedures that remain user friendly without sacrificing security and safety.
“Unfortunately, after the Presidential Regulation was published, the number of visiting yachts did not increase causing us to contact sea tourism operators to determine how to overcome obstacles to their implementation in the field,” said Firmansyah Rahim at a seminar on Indonesian Yachting Opportunities held in Bali.
Firmansyah revealed that yachting routes are being prepared including technical data on wind directions to assist yachtsmen in their efforts to reduce fuel consumption.
The tourism office insists that yacht tourism has great potential to increase the average length of stay of foreign tourists in Indonesia and the average expenditure of those visiting tourists. Moreover, yacht tourism has the potential of penetrating the economic isolation of remote areas of Indonesia that are otherwise difficult to access due to infrastructure limitations.
He also emphasized that the independent and free-spirited nature of world yachtsmen is very much in keeping with Indonesia's rich variety of cultures and geographic areas covering an area equal in size to the United States.
The Indonesian Sea Tourism Association (GAHAWISRI) and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy estimate that there are 50,000 yachts cruising the Asia-Pacific region each year. From that total it is hoped that Indonesia will be able to secure a 20% market share or about 10,000 sailing vessel.
If each of these 10,000 vessels carry a crew of 5 people and sails through Indonesian water for a period of three months spending 40 days on shore visits, the yachting sector has the potential of earning US$200 million in foreign exchange annually.
Also worthy of note, this income will occur in remote island areas of Indonesia, bringing a substantial multiplier effect to economic development in those areas.
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