“The increasing of visiting is about 20 percent/month. The increasing of tourist visiting to Sabang Island is begun from May 2012,” M. Al Taufik said in Banda Aceh – the Head of Marketing in Department of Tourism and Culture, Tuesday (24th/07).
However, he said that the decreasing of tourist visiting from local area to Sabang Island is because it coincides with the holy month of Ramadan 1433 Hijriah.
“It seems to tourist that it is not affected by fasting month. And we keep to serve them properly,” he added.
It was mentioned that the average of tourist visiting to Sabang is increasing until 30 – 50 people a day along last the three months. But it will be active if there is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh.
“At this time, there is three times of direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh in a week by Air Asia Airlines. On that day, we can look that many international tourists are coming to Sabang Island,” he explained.
M. Ali also said that the tourist from Germany will stay about four or five days in Sabang. They love to look around of Sabang city by renting a motorbike and the others love to look the beauty of underwater by diving in Weh Island.
Sabang’s city government is continuously developing the facilities which support tourism sector. Moreover, Weh Island is well known in international.
“We are persuading every people who have invested in tourism sector to develop any supporting facilities. All the time, in every month there is a lot of lodging place increasing in Sabang as well,” he said.