Indonesia Seeking to Boost Cruise Ship Tourism

   September 9, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

Indonesia is currently seeking to boost its cruise ship tourism market as the number of cruise visitors to the archipelago has increased in the past 3 years. The Tourism Ministry set a target of welcoming a minimum of 430,000 foreign cruise tourists in 2019.

According to Tourism Ministry head, Indroyono Soesilo, the figure represented a 20% increase per year. Meanwhile, in 2019 the target for Indonesian port calls was 667, or an annual average increase of 17.7%. He added the potential market for foreign cruisers from East Asia had reached 2 million people per year, while from Australia and New Zealand, the potential was 1.3M people per year.

Indonesia participated in CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) "Cruise360 Australasia" conference in Sydney NSW on Friday, September 6. During the event, the Indonesian delegation met with cruise operators including CCL-Carnival, Cunard, GHK-Dream, Holland America, P&O, Princess, Seabourn, Scenic, Coral Expedition.

Indonesia promoted 19 island ports, including Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Belitung (Bangka Belitung), Tanjung Lesung/Bintan, Rinca (East Nusa Tenggara) and Ambon Island.