Work will soon commence on building a new port in Bali which Indonesia hopes will soon put the region on the cruise industry’s map.
Transportation Ministry Budi Karya Sumadi has issued the Benoa Port Master Plan which will turn Benoa into an international terminal which can accommodate cruise ships with the capacity of around 5,000 people and hundreds of yachts.
The cost of the project will cost around SG$264 million.
The project which has been abandoned for 17 years, is scheduled to start on September 11. Included in the project is a 12-metre dredging, 200-metre expansion around the dock and development of a cruise terminal. The new facility will be done by the end of 2018.
The Tourism Minister Arief Yahya told The Jakarta Post that the terminal would attract more international tourists, especially those from Southeast Asia and Australia.
“Hopefully this new terminal can help us reach the target of attracting 500,000 foreign cruise ship tourists in 2019,” said Mr Arief.
“Apart from Benoa, we will also develop five other ports to become the arrival point of cruise ships, such as Belawan, Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak and Soekarno-Hatta in Makassar.”