Plans for a new cruise port near Jakarta

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Two Indonesia-based property developers have agreed to build a new $50 million cruise ship terminal and resort near Jakarta.

The new port will be located at Tanjung Lesung in the Banten province. Construction is expected to commence in October this year for completion in 2017.

According to the Jakarta Post, the cruise ship terminal will be built on 40- to- 50-hectares of land and will feature 300 docks for private yachts and 300 docks for public use.

Developers Pelabuhan Indonesia II’s president R.J. Lino said Jakarta needs a cruise ship facility to attract more international tourists.

“Jakarta currently has no facility to accommodate cruise ships,” he said.

“Therefore, we see a promising opportunity to develop this terminal as an alternative gate for foreign tourists to visit the capital city.”

Information on the port and resort project is limited, however, Jababeka president director S.D. Darmono expects it will build the Banten province as a tourism hub and boost economic activity.

“We are optimistic that by the fifth year [of operating the terminal]we will have recouped our investment and will be starting to make a profit,” he said.

This year, around 203,000 cruisers are expected to board ships from Indonesia, a 30 percent growth on last year.

In total, 385 ships will visit, up from 309.

By 2016, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry of Malaysia expects the country will have 500,000 cruise passengers and welcome 700 ships.