Indonesia courts cruise dollars


Jakarta: Indonesia anticipates strong growth in cruise tourism next year with 300 calls already scheduled to visit the country’s ports, bringing some 160,000 passengers, up 35% over likely full year figures for 2012.
The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has recently set up a task force consisting of the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, Transportation Ministry, state-owned port operator Pelindo, state- run shipping company Pelni, oil and gas company Pertamina, local governments, the Customs and Excise Office, and the Immigration Office, in hopes of bringing in more cruise liners and luxury yachts to Indonesia. 10 ports have been identified across the archipelago for upgrades to accept larger cruise ships with a view to getting 600,000 cruise passengers by 2016.   [05/10/12]


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