TRIBUNBATAM.id - Starting in 2020, foreign tourists from Philippines became the first tourists who visits Batam in early January.
The group of foreign tourists came to board the first ship, through Sekupang International Port (Sekupang Ferry Terminal / SFT), Wednesday (1/1/2020).
"Alhamdulillah, a good start. Usually all Singaporean tourists.
This time it has started to enter from Philippines. We hope to continue throughout this year, "said SFT manager, Jumarly as reported by Batam Media Center on Saturday (01/04/2020).
According to him, this is the first time many Philippines tourists have arrived at SFT.
45 people arrived in Sekupang at 07.30 WIB by the first ship from Singapore.
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As the first foreign tourists in Batam, they were welcomed directly by Regional Secretary of Batam City, Jefridin who represented Mayor of Batam, Muhammad Rudi.
"Thousands of tourists still arrive today. But there will be more returnees. They were already in Batam before last Christmas, " he said.
During the holiday season, he said at least three thousand foreign tourists enter Batam for a vacation.
The average spend three to five days on Batam before returning to their country.