The tourist train could be the first of its kind to operate outside of Java and Sumatra, and the first in Sulawesi.
Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi is encouraging the development of tourist spots near the Makassar-Parepare railway lines in South Sulawesi province, as they will serve both public and tourist trains.
“The tourist train could be the first of its kind to operate outside of Java and Sumatra, and the first in Sulawesi,” the minister said at a coordination meeting to assess progress in the development of railways in Makassar on Saturday.
Director General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation Zulfikri said his side has agreed with the South Sulawesi Tourism Authority to assess the tourism potential along the railway tracks as part of the tourist train development efforts.
Devo Gaddafi, secretary of the South Sulawesi Tourism Authority, noted that the office is currently collecting data on tourist or historical sites located near railway stations, such as the Rammang-rammang railway station in Maros.
He said that the railway station is expected to be able to improve the well-being of people in the areas through which the railway lines pass.
The railway station will not only serve as a pick-up and drop-off point for passengers, but also provide information on tourist sites and social events.
He said his office called on all district tourism offices to designate tourist spots or places that are closest to the train station to attract tourists.