Indonesia and Singapore take up cruising

Indonesia and Singapore are to work together more on tourism especially cruise tourism, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s said at the Singapore-Indonesia Investment Forum.

Telling these remarks were delivered during a visit to the city-state by Indonesa’s President Joko Widodo for the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders retreat but they were also delivered at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre on 7 September 2017.

“The focus of this forum is on tourism,” said Lee who stressed  the “great potential” for this to grow  especially given the right infrastructure and better connectivity.

“One specific area of tourism which we can invest in and work on is cruise tourism,” Lee said.

“In Asia, cruise tourism has been growing very rapidly. Larger ships are coming into service. These ships will need new infrastructure, especially larger ports, berths and marinas,” Lee added.

This is he said was why Singapore built the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, even though it already had one cruise centre at HarbourFront. But he stressed the potential

“With this infrastructure in Singapore and the right infrastructure in place across the region, new cruise routes, destinations and itineraries can be opened up, and we can all share in the industry’s growth.

“The Bilateral Cruise Inter-Agency Task Force is working hard at this. I encourage our companies to continue to grow cruise tourism, and work with the Indonesian authorities, port operators and cruise lines to attract more infrastructure investment.

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