Bali will soon have a large port as a dock for cruise ships. Bali Maritime Tourism Hub or BMTH is a facility that will accommodate the needs of sea transportation as well as tourism in the Benoa area, Bali.
The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno reviewed the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub development project which is targeted to be completed in 2023. “We hope that the construction of the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub is according to plan, according to budget, according to deadlines, and according to specific needs,” Sandiaga Uno said in Bali. as quoted from the press release of the Ministry of Tourism, Saturday, February 13, 2021.
Pelindo III is working on the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub development project at Benoa Harbor in Bali. The place will be the hub for the cruise terminal or the berth place for the largest cruise ships in Indonesia. So far, the cruise ship that can dock at Benoa Harbor is 280 meters long, later it will be 350 meters. A cruise ship of this size can carry 6,000 passengers.
At the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub, there are also goods and tourism services. In southern Benoa will be home to a yacht marina, cruise terminal, and theme park. Meanwhile, North Benoa is an energy terminal, such as LNG Terminal, Liquid Cargo Storage. The western part of Benoa has Wet Berth, Dry Berth, Yacht Club, Sports Facility, Lounge and bar, Bali Fish Market, and UMKM retail facilities.
Sandiaga Uno also checks various supporting facilities for tourists. Starting from the departure area, immigration, and the plan to build the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub. He explained, Legend of the Sea is the largest cruise ship ever to dock at Benoa. And on one occasion in 2019, there were two large cruise ships docked at the same time. “So the capacity has been proven,” he said.
The existence of the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub is estimated to be able to boost visits of 427,723 domestic tourists and 133,777 foreign tourists in 2023. Job opportunities will also be open to more than 20 thousand people as well as open exhibition spaces and sales of MSME products.
Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry or Kadin, Rosan P. Roeslani, said infrastructure development, including those related to tourism, must continue to run even in the Covid-19 pandemic situation. “We know Covid-19 will end,” he said. Moreover, Rosan continued, Indonesia, which is an archipelagic country, has not yet had an international standard yacht dock.
CEO of Pelindo III Bali Nusa Tenggara Regional, I Wayan Eka Saputra, said that the development process for the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub has reached 10 percent since it began in mid-December 2020 with 15 work packages. In 2019, according to Wayan Eka, 67 cruise ships were carrying around 65 thousand tourists. However, throughout 2020, the number of cruise ships leaned back drastically, to only 25 units.
Plus the cruise ship only leaned for eight hours, so the time for traveling in Bali was very short. With the availability of complete facilities at the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub, tourists can do more activities and enjoy various tourist attractions. “We hope that this development will benefit the people and tourism industry in Bali,” said I Wayan Eka Saputra.