Sail Bunaken will be held in Manado and Bitung, North Sulawesi, 12-20 August 2009, is a momentum to recover the image of Indonesian tourism, after the suicide bombing in Jakarta, 17 July 2009.
"Sail Bunaken that bring thousands of participants from various countries will be a media of campaign for the Indonesian nation in the eyes of the world that our country safe and peaceful," said Head of Public Information Department of Communication and Information (Depkominfo) Suprawoto during Sail Bunaken socialization, in Manado.
Bomb explosion at the JW Marriott Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton is not the reason that Indonesia is not safe anymore because of the capital Jakarta until now is still conducive.
According to him, the international community only know Indonesia through Jakarta and Bali, but still many areas in Indonesia which has the potential of natural resources and the location of the tour in other regions, including North Sulawesi.
"The central government selected North Sulawesi as the location of Sail Bunaken for two reasons. The first, North Sulawesi has a maritime tourism, known worldwide, ie, Bunaken Sea National Park with a million of beautiful biota and are rarely found in other areas," he said.
The second, the Province of North Sulawesi has long recognized as province with the best security with the successful World Ocean Conference (WOC) on 11-15 May 2009 with presented 75 countries and a number of institutions worldwide.
Meanwhile, the readiness of North Sulawesi to held Sail Bunaken that followed tens of warships and hundreds of yachts from various countries is quite optimal, as a number of hotels, tourism, telecommunication and internet links, and other supporting facilities.