In a push for maritime tourism, Indonesia President Joko Widodo announced plans to build more marinas and cruise ship ports, according to a press release from Asia Pacific Superyachts, a yacht agency with offices throughout the region.
“As the country with the world’s second-longest coastline, Indonesia has yet to bank on its rich marine resources to support the growing number of superyacht visitors to Indonesia,” stated Richard Lofthouse of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia, which has a new branch office in Raja Ampat.
Renowned for their biodiversity, the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua encompass more than 40,000 square kilometers in the northeast seas of the Indonesian Archipelago, where the Pacific becomes the Indian Ocean. Diving is a popular activity among yachting visitors in the area, which was named among “the world’s best diving sites” by CNN.
Indonesia Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the ministry had plans to improve infrastructure and provide regulatory support to develop tourism and yachting in the area, according to the Jakarta Post /Asia News Network.
“Indonesia has so far simplified rules on yacht arrivals by waiving clearance approval for Indonesia territory (CAIT), which cuts the time for issuing entrance permits from three weeks to just three hours. It has also conditionally scrapped the cabotage principle by allowing passengers of foreign cruise ships to embark and disembark at five major Indonesian ports,” Lofthouse said. “We look forward to welcoming more yachts in 2018 in Bali and at the APS branch in Raja Ampat”.
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