Yachts entering Indonesia’s waters will now have easier access to enter Indonesian waters since the issuance of Presidential Regulations no. 79, Year 2011, concerning “Visits of International Yachts to Indonesia.”
“The regulations are aimed to provide easier access for international yachts visiting Indonesia,” said Edy Putra Irawadi, Coordinating Deputy for Trade and Industry of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy in Jakarta, December 9, 2011, as reported by antaranews. Irawadi further stated that these regulations act as fundamental law that guarantees the ease for international yachts to enter Indonesia’s archipelagic waters.
The publication of the regulations is also expected to boost investments, particularly in tourism and all its supporting industries.
This year, there are already as many as 400 yachts that entered Indonesian waters, Edy Putra added, while the target for next year is 1,000 yachts calling at all 18 sea port entrances in Indonesia, which is expected to double in the year 2013.
“For marine tourism, we don’t need many incentives; ease of access is what is needed,” said Edy.
Edy further illustrated that with the issuance of these Presidential Regulations, the gate to Indonesia’s marine paradise are now open even wider for every international yacht. “There are already many investors who have shown interest, including those from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, and Finland. They are interested to invest in ports, operations, and events,” added Edy Putra Irawadi.
Meanwhile, owner of Marina Batavia by the Sunda Kelapa harbor in Jakarta, Ari Bastaman, welcomed the new regulations, saying that investments in Marinas are prospective long-term investments. “We have been investing in the development of critical land around Sunda Kelapa areas since 2001, with total investments to IDR 60 billion. At the moment, Marina Batavia has the capacity to accommodate 130 yachts,” said Ari Bastaman.
In the future, Marina Batavia plans to expand its capacity to 300 yachts since yachting business is becoming even more prospective following the enactment of President’s Regulations no. 79, Year 2011, concerning “The Visit of International Yachts to Indonesia.”