Yachts at the event (Source: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) - Sail Moyo Tambora, as part of Indonesia Sail 2018, was launched in Sumsbawa of Nusa Tenggara islands by the Indonesian Ministries of Transport and Information Technology in collaboration with authorities of West Nusa Tenggara province on September 9.

Over 100 yachts from 19 countries worldwide are attending the annual event, which aims to promote Indonesia’s localities with potential for maritime economic development, thus benefiting coastal and island communities, especially in tourism development.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said this is a strategic activity to help coastal localities develop maritime infrastructure, thus promoting their tourism potential.

The Indonesian Government has invested in building airports, ports, wharfs and roads in areas adjacent to Sumbawa, especially in Moyo and Tambora islands, aiming to attracting more tourists to the areas.

Art performance at the event (Source: VNA)

In the framework of the event, many other activities are being organised such as tours to Tambora volcano, a maritime exhibition with 84 booths from 31 agencies, and parachute and art performance programmes.

Indonesia Sail 2018 was first organised in Manado in 2009. This year’s event is hoped to turn Mandalika of West Nusa Tenggara into one of the ten tourist destinations in Indonesia’s national tourism development strategy.

Authorities of West Nusa Tenggara expect activities during the event will help the province attract 4 million visitors in 2018.

Last year, it welcomed 3 million domestic and foreign holidaymakers.-VNA