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Enjoy the Sensation of Recreational Fishing at Banggai, Central Sulawesi

Enjoy the Sensation of Recreational Fishing at Banggai, Central Sulawesi (kemenpar)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism seeks to explore the tourism potential in Banggai District, Central Sulawesi, one of which is by promoting recreational fishing as the area's flagship tourism.

Head of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs Maritime Tourism Development Acceleration Team Dwisuryo Indroyono Soesilo, at the Forum Group Discussion (FGD) on Marine Tourism Development (Recreational Fishing), said that to support the implementation of recreational fishing in Banggai regulations regarding fishing tourism were needed.

The regulation will later be issued by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP).

"The development of recreational fishing is expected to be able to encourage development in the Banggai Laut region so that in the end it is also expected to provide a positive domino effect to improve the economy of the surrounding community," said Indroyono.

At present, said Indroyono, Indonesia has succeeded in developing maritime tourism, such as diving, surfing, and cruise to the international world. However, this has not happened for fishing tours.

"Foreign fishing tourism is different from tourists in general, the value can be 7 times that of leisure tourism, which averages only 1,100 US dollars per person," he said.

On the same occasion, Assistant Deputy for Development of Natural Tourism and Artificial Ministry of Tourism Alexander Reyaan, said Banggai, Banggai Kepulauan, and Banggai Laut districts were beautiful, comfortable and safe fishing tourist destinations.

"This potential is also supported by the ease of transportation access to Banggai. Moreover, there will be a direct flight for Batik Air from Jakarta to Banggai starting May 26, 2019, "Alexander said.

To explore that potential, there will be an international fishing competition titled Banggai International Tuna Fishing Tournament 2019 on September 27-29 2019 in Banggai, Central Sulawesi.

"This event will be held for 3 days. On the first and second day a fishing competition will be held, while on the third day joy-sailing activities will be held to Banggai Islands, "he said.

Besides being superior in fisheries, Banggai region also has natural beauty that can be offered to tourists, such as Pulau Tikus, Indonesian historical heritage Trikora Monument, Tinalapu Island, Teletubbies Hill, Kasih Hill, Salodik Waterfall, Kec. North Luwuk, Dondolang Pagimana Island, and others.