Fri, 05 Feb 2010
Jakarta (ANTARA News) -The Maluku provincial administration has expressed optimism that the international marine event Sail Banda 2010 would attract around 6,000 tourists to the province.

"Our target is that around 5,000 up to 6,000 domestic as well as foreign tourists will come to Maluku during the event, scheduled for July to August this year," Maluku Culture and Tourism office spokesperson Florence Sahusilawane said here on Thursday.

Sail Banda 2010, according to her, would attract some 6,000 tourists and therefore accommodation and human resources should be a top priority for the event.

"Human resources is on top of our priority and since October last year we have been familiarizing the event to the people up to remote villages across the province," Sahusilawane said.

She said she has taken data about the availability of accommodation such as hotels and inns, including supporting restaurants and cafes.

Based on data collected by local culture and tourism office, Sahusilawane said around 2,700 rooms had been made available at both star hotels and Melati hotels.

"We will also prepare local houses for home stay to anticipate the inability of hotels and inns to accommodate the tourists," Sahusilawane said, adding that tourist guides involving university students would also be trained in the near future.

"At least 40 students of university and tourism-related schools will be trained to be tour guides but the number is still insufficient for around 6,000 tourist will visit Maluku," she added.

To provide the tourists with tour packages, Maluku Culture and Tourism office will also cooperate with the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (Asita), Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), and Indonesian Tourist Guides Association (HPI).

"We will also prepare special places at hotels and other accommodations for vendors to sell typical souvenirs from Maluku, because Sail Banda 2010 is a good opportunity for us to introduce typical products from the province to the tourists," Sahusilawane said. (*)



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