The expansion and promotion of Bali as Indonesia premier hub for cruise tourism bear fruits: Benoa port, Bali main facility for international cruise vessels, saw the total number of ships rising from 41 in 2013 to 49 in 2014. Last year, 58 vessels made a port of call in Bali and some 60 vessels are expected this year.
More cruise vessels attract more passengers to the island. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of cruise tourists rose from 49,041 to 71,126. According to Pelindo III management – Benoa port authority, the number of cruise tourists should reach this year a total of 72,000 to 74,000 in Bali.
The Ministry of Tourism continues to promote cruise as an essential element of a high quality, high spending tourism. According to a survey conducted by the Ministry, cruise passengers spend on average US$125 per day. The government and Pelindo are now pushing for tourists to spend more time on the island.
“Duration of stay is critical. The longer tourists stay in Bali, the more they contribute to the island’s revenues and to the improvement of welfare for local people”, explained in an interview to the Jakarta Post Ali Sodikin, General Manager of Pelindo III for Benoa Port.
Pelindo III continues to work at the expansion of cruise facilities at Benoa Port. The main pier is currently being expanded to welcome even larger cruise ships while upgrading works have already been conducted on the cruise terminal.