Sail Indonesia 2011 to be held in Wakatobi, Belitong

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will organize the international marine event "Sail Indonesia 2011" in two locations, namely Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi) and Belitong (Bangka Belitung), Sumatra), a minister said.

"Sail Indonesia will be held in two locations, namely Wakatobi, and Belitong," Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono, said here Tuesday after chairing a coordinating meeting on Sail Wakatobi-Belitung.

The meeting was also attended by Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufrie, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad, Southeast Sulawesi Governor Nur Alam, Bangka Belitung Governor Eko Maulana Ali, and representatives of the Navy.

The Sail Indonesia 2011 is continuation of Sail Indonesia 2009 in Bunaken, North Sulawesi, and Sail Indonesia 2010 in Banda, Maluku.

"The objective of the event is to promote the economy and tourism in the host regions," Minister Agung Laksono said.

The Sail Indonesia 2011 will also feature ivities such as the Surya Bhaskara Jaya operation, civic missions, seminars and youth events.

"We will also invite other ASEAN member countries to participate in the event," he said.

The event in Wakatobi will be organized in August and in Belitong in October.

"The peak event will be attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or Vice President Boediono," he said. (*)