LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

Sail Sabang Promoted At MATTA Fair

JAKARTA -- The government of Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh, through its Culture and Tourism Office, has promoted the upcoming international maritime event of Sail Sabang at the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Fair, from Sept 8 to 10, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Aceh Culture and Tourism Office Chief Reza Fahlevi said in the provincial city of Banda Aceh on Saturday that the promotion of Sail Sabang aims to attract Malaysian and foreign tourists visiting the city of Sabang and witnessing the international sailing event.

He said the participation of Aceh in the Matta Fair was important to promote Sail Sabang and Aceh as the best halal tourism destination in Indonesia, even in the world.

As part of the national annual event of Sail Indonesia, Sail Sabang from Nov 28 to Dec 5, 2017, is expected to attract more than 100 yachts from different countries to participate in the international yacht rally.

Yachters from Europe, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, including those from other parts of the world, are expected to participate in the international yacht rally of Sail Sabang,

Scheduled to be attended by President Joko Widodo on Dec 2, the Sail Sabang event is expected to encourage private investment, especially in the tourism industry in Aceh.

"Sail Sabang should be optimised to encourage private investment in the tourism industry," Iskandar, head of the Capital Investment and Integrated One-Stop Service of Aceh Province, remarked.

Iskandar acknowledged that the city of Sabang has marine tourism potential that is no less interesting than that in other regions.

The sail event is part of the efforts to develop Sabang as a maritime tourism destination, as the government has set a medium-term plan for 2019 to develop Sabang.