Jakarta. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan officially released two ships boarded by 768 "Sail Sabang" expedition participants toward Weh Island in Aceh from Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta on Monday (20/11).
"I think this year's sail is quite unique because there are two class A tall ships participating the mission to Sabang," Luhut said on Monday.
The minister hopes that the passengers will appreciate the natural beauty of Indonesia.
Luhut wants to maximize tourism potentials in Indonesia, the largest archipelago country in the world, estimating to achieve $1.33 trillion from the marine tourism sector.
That is a highly reasonable number considering that tourism is already the runner-up in foreign exchange contributors after the palm oil sector and is expected to become the biggest in 2019.
"Indonesia certainly has many marine tourism potentials. The stunning tropical beauty, cultural richness and diversity of marine assets surely will be even greater if managed well," he explained.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya warmly welcomed the two ships sailing directly to Sabang. The minister himself was planned to monitor the preparation of Sail Sabang on Tuesday.