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Sail Sabang 2017 Features Traditional Sail Ship Phinisi

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Traditional two-mast sailing ship Phinisi was featured as the main attraction at Sail Sabang 2017 that was held on December 1-5, 2017.

“Phinisi is already known worldwide. Bugis sailors explored Asia, Africa, Australia, America, and Europe using Phinisi ships. The Indonesian sail ship represents the country’s identity. This is why we are consistently using this design in every traveling market across the world,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya during the opening of Sail Sabang 2017 on Saturday, December 2017.

Read: 100 Ships Expected to Join Sail Sabang 2017

This year’s Sail Sabang was a part of the 9th Sail Indonesia event that was introduced in Bunaken, Manado in 2009. To this date, Sail Sabang has attracted around 20,000 visitors. 

Coinciding with Sail Sabang was the Sabang Wonderful Expo and the Marine Expo that featured various art festivals and Aceh cultures. The event also featured a parachute championship, an international aerobatic contest, and a diving competition.

Sail Sabang 2017 was officially opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla on December 2. The Ulee Lheue Port in Banda Aceh has become the access point for visitors and tourists to Sail Sabang 2017 venue that is concentrated at Terminal III of Container Port in Pasiran, Sabang. 


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