JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has chosen Seribu Islands of Kota Tua, Labuan Bajo, and Bali as international-standards marine tourism centers. These three regions are expected to be a prototype for other marine tourism destinations in Indonesia.
An in-depth analysis of this strategic step took place in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) regarding the Support for the Development of Maritime Tourism Potentials held by the Ministry of Tourism.
"In addition, there have been a number of deregulation policies that have been carried out. We also discussed the prospect of developing marine tourism destinations in Seribu Islands, Labuan Bajo, and Bali, because the three will be examples of international-standards marine tourism destinations for other regions, "said Frans Teguh, Maritime Expert Staff at the Ministry of Tourism.
The results of the FGD also emphasized the importance of increasing the number of international events to introduce Indonesia's marine destinations to the world. The interesting activities that can be presented in a marine tourism festival such as cruise, sailing, surfing, diving, game fishing, and others.
"By increasing the number of international events, we hope that more tourists will visit Indonesian maritime destinations," Frans Teguh said.
Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya also expressed his support for the development of Indonesia's marine tourism potential. According to him, Indonesia now has the spirit to build the maritime sector through tourism.
Furthermore, Arief Yahya stated that Indonesia's maritime wealth is very diverse. "Besides beaches, 70 percent of the types of coral that live in the world are found in Indonesia. Unfortunately, the excess has not been managed properly, so it does not have a positive impact on the country's economy and public welfare. More effective breakthroughs are needed to encourage the progress of our marine tourism, "he explained, Saturday (09/14/2019).
This was also conveyed by the Chairman of the Maritime Tourism Acceleration Team Indroyono Soesilo who also asserted Indonesia as a maritime country. Therefore, efforts to increase foreign tourist visits from this sector must be more intense so that Indonesian marine tourism can be at the forefront.
"In the development of the marine tourism industry, it is planned that in the next five years 127 new cruise ships will be built worldwide, of which 27 are large cruise ships that can carry 3,000 to 7,000 passengers," said Indroyono Soesilo.
On the other hand, this effort has a number of challenges that must be faced. As for a number of challenges in developing marine tourism in Indonesia itself is related to regulations / policies, human resources, and product packaging.
For the regulatory side, the government plans to deregulate marine tourism so that it can increase investment interest in marine tourism. The results of the FGD also concluded the need for an adaptive business model design in the midst of digitizing information so as to encourage certainty in marine tourism investment.