Minister Launches Sail Wakatobi Belitong 2011

Minister Launches Sail Wakatobi Belitong 2011

Sail Wakatobi 2011 (ANTARA/istimewa)

Wakatobi, SE Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono here on Saturday launched Sail Wakatobi-Belitong (SWB) 2011.

The main objective of the SWB is to make Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi Province) and Balitong (Bangka Belitung Province, Sumatra) national and international tourist destinations, according to Agung.

The event is also expected to promote marine tourism in the two provinces in order to help improve the people`s welfare.

Wakatobi is the world`s largest biodiversity as it hosts 85 percent of the world`s 700 coral reef species.

"Wakatobi is also known as the heart of the coral triangle, a marine national park and an international biosphere reserve. It is also an international marine tourism center with harmonious natural environment and has very diverse culture," the minister said.

The SWB`s theme is "Clean Ocean for the Future" which is meant to give a message that the cleanliness of Indonesia`s maritime must be protected, he explained.

The event`s main activities i