Sabang Marine Festival which held by BPKS ince 2015 always ran well, secure, and remarkable for yachties as well Sabang Citizens. Their participant has increased each year. This event is exactly right to be one of yachts tourism calendar to Indonesia. They are:
- The route of Sabang-Phuket-Langkawi
The increasing number of participants in three times of SMF installment has a simply signal that Sabang has a huge potential to be International marine tourism destination, especially for yachts and cruise. Moreover, at the end of April 2017, the government of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand have agreed to sign the MoU on Marine tourism synergy and connectivity Sabang-Phuket-Langkawi.
Indonesian government by “MoU signing on Marine Tourism Triangle Cooperation Langkawi-Phuket-Sabang”, would build yachts and cruise triangle among Sabang-Langkawi-Phuket in one sail activity. It was signed in the forum of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit 2017, on 25-27 April 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Feel the Golden Island Sensation
Sabang was well known as the hidden paradise in the edge of Sumatera. It has not only a rich marine and cultural tourism, but also a most strategic business zone in the westernmost edge of Indonesia. The Great Britain Publishing named Sabang as the Golden Island and has recommended it as one of 501 must visit islands in the world. You will be amazed by many tourism sites on the land, under the sea, lake, and mountains.
- Applying Visa on Arrival in Sabang
Indonesia has applied a free visa (Visa on Arrival) for many countries to reach 20 million foreign tourists visit target in 2019, of it 4 millions visit in marine tourism sector.
The number of foreign tourists visit Sabang has increased in recent years. A reason, they were simplified by presidential decree No. 105 of 2015 on foreign tourist ships (yachts) free visit to Indonesia. It made Sabang as one of 18 ports which simplified the registration with the Immigrations, Customs, Quarantine, and Port. Besides, due to the regulation of Visa on Arrival (VoA) in Indonesia, foreign tourists especially the yachts and cruise can get a VoA in Sabang at One Stop Integrated service BPKS.
- Investment search opportunity Event
Sabang, a westernmost municipality in Indonesia has many potential investments in many sectors such as tourism industry, fishery, farms, and trade. The International community has also acknowledged that tourism sector is the strength of ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian nations) countries as an Engine of Grow for world trade. The yachties might also take SMF as an investment search opportunity in Sabang.
- The locals’ hospitality
The SMF participants admitted the event was very amazing by locals’ hospitality and wisdom in Sabang, in terms of foods, music, dances, and friendship. They also impressed enough during the events by engaging the locals despite of a little communication challenge. You will never find such a similar social interaction experience in other destinations.