Indonesia takes part in a three-day international dive expo in Malaysia this week to try to attract more divers from its closest neighbor and boost its marine tourism, officials said.
Seven of Indonesia’s 10 priority destinations specialize in marine tourism. They include Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Raja Ampat in West Papua, two of the best diving sites in the world.
The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2017 in Kuala Lumpur takes place from Friday (12/05) to Sunday.
“We’re a champion of underwater tourism,” Rizki Handayani, the deputy for Southeast Asian market development at the ministry, said at the expo, which feature more than 200 pavilions from countries all around the world.
“So many diving enthusiasts are attending this event,” Fazli Mokhtar, president of the Malaysia Scuba Diving Association, said. According to him, Malaysia now has more than 200 licensed divers.
The Tourism Ministry said they expect at least five million more foreign tourists this year.