A modern and permanent port for foreign cruise ships will be built in Bali, Putu Sujana Cahyanta, chief of the Bali Provincial Transportation Office, said Thursday, Asia Pulse reported.
He expressed hope that after the completion of the port, foreign cruise ships passing by the Indonesian waters would take a few days to make a port call at the island. "Luxury cruises ships carrying tourists from other countries to Singapore are expected to come to Bali as well after the modern, permanent port is ready," Putu Sujana said.
He pointed out that at least 300 luxury cruise ships, each with 1,500 to 2,000 tourists, arrived in Singapore every year. "Those floating hotels on their way to a number of countries in Asia usually pass Indonesian waters, and therefore they are expected to make a stop in Bali when the port is ready," Putu Sujana said, adding that the facility was under construction in Karangasem district.
Financing was being provided by the central government, Bali provincial administration, and Karangasem district administration with completion due in 2009. (http://www.ekon.go.id/)