Following the success of Sail Bunaken in 2009, Sail Banda in 2010, Sail Wakatobi - Belitung in 2011, Sail Morotai in 2012, and Sail Komodo in 2013, the Indonesian seas will again be highlighted with a colossal maritime event which this year will be centered around the paradisical islands of Raja Ampat , West Papua, in the Sail Raja Ampat 2014.
The pinnacle of the series of events will take place at Waisei Torang Cinta Beach on the island of Waigeo at Raja Ampat on21st June 2014, that will be attended by President Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia.
The international sailing event is expected to be participated by no fewer than 3,000 visitors from all over the archipelago and from Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Thailand, the Philippines, U.S.A, and more.
On a recent visit to observe preparations, Minister for Tourism and Creative economy, Mari Pangestu underscored that one principle reason for hosting such Events on far flung islands is to accelerate development. For to support tourism development at Raja Ampat, the airport at Sorong – jumping off point to Raja Ampat – has been renovated, roads and infrastrcture improved and access eased. All these are aimed to benefit the local population.
Minister Pangestu further added that Raja Ampat, with its wealth of marine biodiversity located in the heart of the world’sCoral Trangle, must remain an exclusive tourist destination so as not to destroy its pristine environment. Today, the area is visited by around 15,000 tourists per year, and this will be limited to only 50,000 per year.
Among activities featured in the Sail Raja Ampat are: Health and Social Services, Lingkar Nusantara IV Sailing, Village Building, Archipelago Youth Sailing, Yacht Rally, National and International Seminars, Tourism Potentials Development, Culture and Creative Economy Development, Maritime Sports, regional potentials exhibition, and others.
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