Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) has been active in helping to get more private yachts into Indonesia, and now has taken on an advisory role with the Indonesian Government to continue attracting yachts to their shores.
Richard Lofthouse, director at Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia commented, “We are actively working with the government and tourism agencies in changing some of their policies, such as CAIT, to attract more private yachts to its shores.
“CAIT (Clearance Approval for Indonesia Territory) is a necessary procedure. To be honest, Indonesia has never been easy. When we started APS Indonesia in 2008 it was almost impossible for big yachts to cruise successfully. But as time has gone by we have worked out how to function effectively within the system, because the system has actually not changed a lot. We have just adapted, pioneered and streamlined operations."
Richard added, “Asia Pacific Superyachts continues to lead from the front with over 75% of yachts entering Indonesia using our services. It has been a great year for us. We brought the three biggest yachts ever into Indonesia (all over 100m) and continued to improve all levels of our service to deal with the demands of our clients.”
Asia Pacific Superyachts’ advisory role came about because of their history of bringing more than 300 yachts into Indonesia.
Richard finished with, "Some of my team have been with us for years and are really the most knowledgeable people in Indonesia when it comes to the reality of bringing yachts into Indonesia. We sincerely support the government initiative to bring more yachts into the country with better policies. But these policies have to be realistic. Indonesia is unlike any other country on earth geographically and thus it is not a simple process.
”Despite the difficulties, I am sure things will improve year by year and, if our clients are a yardstick, Indonesia will fulfil its destiny as the greatest cruising destination on the planet.”
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