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New Indonesia Tourism Destinations Take Off

 

Kawah Ijen Volcano Indonesia tourism destinations

Still active Kawah Ijen Volcano on the island of Java, Indonesia is a popular tourist destination. The volcano is known for its spectacular blue flames caused by the volcano’s burning sulfur, which is mined and sold by locals.

Date: August 10, 2017
Source:  TTG Asia

Charter flights take travelers beyond Bali; Kawah Ijen volcano in Banyuwangi – one of many popular Indonesia Tourism Destinations

 

With the greater availability of charter flights, more Chinese and Indian tourists heading to Indonesia are choosing destinations beyond the traditional hotspot of Bali.

Charter flights from China and India have increased 40-50 per cent from last year, driven by intense promotions and multi-destination packages, said Gajah Tour Bali general manager Bambang Sugiono.

Lombok, Banyuwangi, Bromo, Komodo and Belitung are most popular, according to Bambang, who added that tourists typically stay five days and favour water sports. Gajah Tour is planning to add more destinations such as Padang and Morotai.

Meanwhile, a recent charter addition is Korean Air’s seven flights from Incheon to Lombok between July and October 2017.

Testament to their success, some charters from China have turned into scheduled flights. These include Lion Air’s services to Jakarta from Sanya (Hainan) and to Manado from Shanghai and Guangzhou, as well as Garuda flights linking Jakarta to Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Charter flights are a way to escalate arrivals as the government works towards the target of 20 million visitors by 2019, said Eddy Sunyoto, international marketing manager at Association of The Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies.

Club Med Lombok Opening in 2019:

 

 

Club Med Lombok and Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation respresentatives together at ribbon cutting ceremony to innaugurate new Club Med Lombok in Kuta, Lombok

Ribbon cutting ceremony finalizing the new Club Med Lombok development project at the Mandalika Resorts mega-development in Kuta, Lombok.  Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (“ITDC”) and Club Med officials appeared together to memorialize their joint venture for the new luxury resort to be completed in 2019.

Date: September 7, 2016
Source: Club Med blog

Club Med Lombok to create growth opportunities at Lombok’s Mandalika Resorts Mega-Development

While Lombok investment news sources have previously indicated that the Club Med project was a go, the joint ITDC/Club Med ribbon cutting ceremony was the formal announcement that the upscale luxury resort was moving forward, with a planned opening in 2019. Club Med officials say they expects to cultivate and drive a huge impact to the region with the opening of the brand new Club Med Lombok resort. “In the present day, Club Med has received over 80,000 guests on an annual basis, from more than 30 nationalities to Club Med Bali and Bintan Island,” shared Mr. Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med.

“We foresee Club Med Lombok to receiving a higher volume of international attention and clients, and raise global awareness for Lombok as a premium holiday destination. The opening of this resort will also directly create over 350 jobs locally, contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.”

Partnership with Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)

 

Working in partnership with ITDC, Club Med commits to managing and operating the upscale resort as part of a concentrated effort to bring in more visitors to Lombok.  Considering the diverse and unique cultures, exceptional nature and a keen sense of hospitality, Indonesia’s tourism industry exhibits vast growth potential, having grown at an average of 7% per year since 2010 and targeted to surpass 10 million visitors in 2016.

Historically, Club Med has actively sought and developed resorts in then undiscovered gems.  Having worked with the government for 30 years since the launches of the first two resorts in Indonesia, Club Med is the first international operator to recognize the possibilities in Indonesian destinations.

The beautiful island of Lombok is part of a development plan, the Mandalika project, an initiative launched by the Indonesian government and ITDC to groom and cultivate the Mandalika into a new world class luxury ecotourism destination.

With over 40 years of experience in managing and developing a world-class tourism destination that is Nusa Dua, ITDC has already started delivering on the next prestigious development in the Mandalika with the aim of recreating the same global success that all the visitors are continuing to enjoy in Bali, Nusa Dua. The new destination will offer a unique experience that is different from other locations around the world. Located in the southern part of Lombok Island with more than 16 km of sparkling white sandy beach, the Mandalika has been designed as an ecotourism destination from the offset, incorporating Clean Solar Cell Energy, Water Desalination Plants, and keeping over 51% of the resort as an open ‘Green Space’, which will not only maintain and protect the natural beauty of the Mandalika scenery but also enhance greater Lombok investment and the life and culture of the local people.

Contemporary nature-inspired resort with lively atmosphere

 

Spanning over a preserved site of 15 hectares with 650 metres of pristine aquamarine waters with powdery white sand, the new Club Med Lombok offers guests a plethora of sea activities, such as snorkelling, surfing*, diving* and more. *at extra cost

Spectacular white sand beach at Tanjung A'an Bay, site of the new CLub Med Lomb luxury resort

Tanjung A’an Bay – the site of the new Club Med Lombok luxury resort is one of Lombok’s finest white sand beaches. The Club Med resort will front the beach area and offer 350 rooms, restaurants, bars, concierge services and over 50 activities for guests.

Guests to the new eco-chic designed resort will enjoy:

 

✔️  350 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types of travelers, from superior to suite,
✔️ A refined 5 Trident Luxury Space offering dedicated concierge and personalized services for suite guests,
✔️  Restaurants serving international cuisine or offering “a la carte” menus with unparalleled view of the ocean,
✔️  Bars serving free-flow drinks and alcoholic beverages,
✔️  Children’s Club facilities and dedicated services for ages 2 – 12.
✔️  MICE facilities for companies seeking a professional yet unconventional & exceptional retreat for their employees,
✔️  And over 50 activities within the resort, including opportunities to discover the beauteous culture and nature of Lombok Island.

Highly accessible with direct flights to the newly constructed Lombok International Airport for international and domestic guests, Club Med Lombok is a mere 30 minute drive away.

Lombok, the undiscovered gem of Indonesia

 

Lombok is a well-preserved island located east of Bali with fine destinations in the south, such as Mandalika. Blessed with over 16 kilometres of stunning natural landscapes and the rich culture of Indonesia, it is the ideal retreat for weary city dwellers and worldly travellers who seek an escape from the hectic schedule of city life. Guests at Club Med Lombok can look forward to reclining on the serene shores, or immersing themselves into the traditions and ways of exotic Indonesia.

Club Med tourists enjoying local Indonesia musicians as they perform in front of temple.

Club Med tourists exploring Indonesia and enjoying the music of local Bali performers. Increased tourism from the new Club Med Lombok luxury resort is expected to bring many wealthy new tourists to the new Mandalika Resorts project, driving up the local economy and the value and prices of Lombok investments.

Kuta’s Mandalika Resort Opening in 2019

 

Mandalika Resort rendering of Mandalika Resort from above A'an Bay

Architectural rendering of a portion of the Mandalika Resort as seen from above A’an Bay. Image from Arch Case Architects website.

Date: February 27, 2017
Source: CEI Asia

Kuta’s $3 billion mega project, the Mandalika Resort opening on Bali’s sister island Lombok, is set to commence operation in 2019

 

At first, construction of the gargantuan 10,500-room project with MICE facilities for 7,000 pax (people) set on a long lonely beach on Lombok’s south coast was hampered by the very thing that made the proposition attractive – its remoteness  and the corresponding lack of roads, electricity and communications; essentially, all critical infrastructure.

Sign installation at Kuta Beach for Mandalika Resort opening

Heavy equipment installing Mandalika Resort signage at Kuta Beach

 

In 2007, the Indonesian Government sold Mandalika to the Dubai Development Corporation for US$240 million. But when the GFC hit a year later and funding dried up, the Emiratis were forced to sell Mandalika back to the Indonesians at a 50 per cent discount.

In 2011, the project was resuscitated by the opening an international airport 20 minutes drive to the north. Now under the stewardship of Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the group that turned the Nusa Dua land reclamation project into a world-class leisure and convention destination, ground has finally been broken at Mandalika.

American water specialists EBD Bauer is completing a desalination plant. A 211-room Pullman hotel is taking shape, construction of a Club Med is about to start, plans to construct a Moto GP circuit are underway, while properties managed by Marriott and Intercontinental are rumored to commence construction this year.

ITDC employees pose in front of Mandalika Race Is On signage heralding new Moto GP race track

ITDC employees pose in front of sign for coming Moto GP racing track as developers seek new investment in the Mandalika Resort opening.

 

“With these announcements and activity on the ground, somewhere in between 1,000 and 1,500 hotel keys should be available by 2019,” says Chris Berney of NTB Capital, general manager of NTB Capital, a brokerage firm that advises foreigners how to invest confidently in Lombok. “So a lot has happened, with good quality access roads through most of the south coast now and electricity being rolled out, too.”

The Million-Dollar Question 

 

So should planners looking for an exciting new integrated resort with headline-grabbing facilities like a water park, theme park, equestrian park and a 3,000-hectare nature reserve consider Mandalika for major events as early as 2019?

Looking at the question from a historical perspective, one should think not. Construction delays are part-and-parcel of doing business in Indonesia; Lombok’s international airport is a copybook example. The opening was delayed by years because of problems with site security, theft of construction materials, land disputes and compensation claims from locals. When it finally opened, it still looked like a construction site.

But according to Jason Lim, CEO of Smailing Tour DMC in Bali, an inbound operator that’s brought groups of up to 8,000 delegates to Indonesia, things are changing very fast and for the better under President Jokowi, who visited the site last year.

“I know there have been delays in the past, but ever since Jokowi took over, we can feel a real change and strong push towards tourism,” he says. “And if you look at the team behind Mandalika – ITDC – they are very successful and professional. They have the experience, the expertise, connections, strong government support and the ability to attract good hotel partners. But the next big step,” Lim adds, “will be bringing in people on International flights.”

Project signage announcing Mandalika Resort opening Pullman Hotel

Mandalika Resort commences construction of new Pullman Hotel located next to existing Novotel Kuta, Lombok Hotel. Several other upscale hotels are slated for Kuta, Lombok’s new Mandalika mega resort.

Last year, only around 85,000 of the half million foreigners who visited Lombok arrived via the international airport. That’s because only two foreign airlines – AirAsia and SilkAir – fly directly to Lombok. However Garuda recently confirmed it would launch direct flights from Lombok to Guangzhou, and Emirates is expected to start flying from Dubai to Lombok later this year. Jetstar Australia and Air China will probably follow.

“The airport in Lombok has still not reached the level where it can handle a few thousand passengers at one time,” Lim says. “So I don’t think they will get big groups in 2019. I predict smaller groups as big as 200 or 300 people will visit to start with. It will be a slow burn. But we’re very optimistic.”

Lombok No. 2 Malaysian Travel Destination

 

Spectacular display of green Northern Lights over Reykjavik

The Northen Lights (Aurora Borealis) lighting up the skies over Reykjavik is the number one travel destination for Malaysians.

Date: December 27, 2016
Source: Travel Trends

Malaysian travellers itching to explore Lombok

 

Lombok is “No 2 of top 10 destinations for Malaysian travelers” according to Skyscanner 2017 Travel Trends data. With the opening of the international airport in Praya and travellers looking for somewhere more exotic than Bali, Lombok is booming.

Party animals and divers congregate in the heavenly Gili Islands off the island’s north coast while surfers head to the dramatic beaches in the south around Kuta with their crashing surf, traditional villages and rustic, laid-back atmosphere. Challenge yourself by climbing towering Mount Rinjani for spectacular sunrise views over Lombok, or take a load off and chill under the palms at Gili Nanggu for a slice of hassle-free tropical paradise.

 

Camping in red tent pitched on Mt. Rinjani at sunset.

Sunset image of camping on Mount Rinjan, Lombok. Attractions such as Rinjani, the No 2 travel destination for Malaysians, are ever more accessible from the new international airport in Praya

According to Skyscanner 2017  Travel Trends, after Reykjavik and Lombok, the eight next most popular travel destinations for Malaysians, in order of popularity, are are follows: 3. Sapporo (Japan);4. Kota Bharu (Malaysia);5. Kuala Terengganu (Malaysia); 6. Alor Setar (Malaysia);7. Casablanca (Morocco); 8. Tokyo (Japan);9. Kota Kinabalu (Borneo) and 10. Perth (Australia)

Experts Assess $USD 3Billion Mandalika Resort

Rendering of $USD 3Billion Mandalika Resort hotel on wite sand beach

The $ USD 3 Billion Mandalika project’s grand plan stirs excitement for Lombok’s tourism boom, but what do experts think about it?

 
Date:  July 20, 2107
Source: Indonesia Expat

Lombok has already gained extreme popularity – something that developers didn’t hesitate to take advantage of by investing in  the USD 3Billion Mandalika Resort in Lombok.

 

Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara has the fastest growing tourism market in the region and thanks to increasing Lombok investment and new developments such as the international airport in Praya.  Thus, achieving its robust goal of 20 million tourists by 2019 doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Lombok will get a huge boost from the Mandalika Project.  Worth an astounding $3,000,000,000,000, this Lombok investment project is considered the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and construction will take place throughout 2017. Biz Events Asia says the $USD 3 Billion Mandalika Resort will be built as a Special Economic Zone (KEK) to drive economic growth and develop the island into one of the national tourism icons.

It is the brainchild of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), formerly known as Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), which was responsible for developing Bali’s Nusa Dua into a resort and meeting complex. The ambitious plan is to develop the area into sustainable tourism and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) destination. ITDC says it will be ready for completion by the end of 2018.

According to Invest Islands, the development of the mega Mandalika Resort in Kuta Bay, South Lombok will include the building of infrastructure complete with solar power plants, water treatment facilities and roads. It will offer 10,533 hotel rooms, 1,500 residential units, a theme park, an eco-park, a water park, a mangrove park, a large marina, an industrial street circuit and golf course. For both local residents and those considering Lombok investment, the Mandalika Resort project is predicted to become a major driver in increasing land values.

ITDC has been working hard to will increase opportunities for Lombok investment by large international developers. ITDC has a vision to “create a sophisticated tourist destination and therefore Mandalika would be home to several large hotels with popular brand names. This is sure to make Lombok a lucrative investment destination among investors from diverse backgrounds.”

They also point out that tourists will experience the perfect retreat among the natural beauty of Lombok and its availability of boutique resorts. Aside from their primary focus of developing 5-star and 4-star hotels, they will also develop 3-star hotels among other types to “expand the potential customer base to include those looking for more pocket-friendly Indonesia investment options.”

“We want to give visitors more options; we don’t want to simply recreate Bali,” says ITDC’s Head of Investment and Marketing, Ricky Baheramsjah as quoted by CEI Asia. “Mandalika is like Nusa Dua in 1975, so we see a lot of similarities. Although it’s largely Muslim, whereas Bali is Hindu, the scope of work is very similar. We have more than 40 years of experience managing and operating destinations and we’re hoping this experience will help facilitate the development and operation.”

With the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism’s goal to boost other business and leisure tourism destinations apart from Bali and Mandalika also being in the spotlight, CEI Asia quotes deputy minister for international tourism, I Gde Pitana, saying:
“Tourism is a major priority sector under the Jokowi (President Joko Widodo) government and we want to accelerate the development of destinations beyond Bali.”
He also adds: “We don’t want to leave Bali with the creation of ten new Balis, we want to help Bali with more sustainable development. Tourism is the best and fastest way to develop this country and we have a strong management plan and focus on infrastructure.”

Another article written by CEI Asia raises a million dollar question: “Should planners looking for an exciting new integrated resort with headline-grabbing facilities like a water park, theme park, equestrian park and a 3,000-hectare nature reserve consider Mandalika for major events as early as 2019?”

Without any hesitation, they say one shouldn’t. Accordingly, they’re “looking at the question from a historical perspective.” Problems have occurred in the past. Reportedly, the Indonesian Government sold Mandalika to the Dubai Development Corporation for US$240 million in 2007. However, the Global Financial Crisis hit a year later and funding dwindled, so the Emirates had no choice but to sell Mandalika back to the Indonesians for half the price – a 50 percent discount.

By 2011, the opening of an international airport brought the project back to life.

“Construction delays are part-and-parcel of doing business in Indonesia; Lombok’s international airport is a copybook example,” the author writes.

“The opening was delayed by years because of problems with site security, theft of construction materials, land disputes and compensation claims from locals. When it finally opened, it still looked like a construction site.”

Jason Lim, CEO of Smailing Tour DMC in Bali, thinks otherwise.

“I know there have been delays in the past, but ever since Jokowi took over, we can feel a real change and strong push towards tourism,” he shares to CEI Asia.

He continues on a positive note: “If you look at the team behind Mandalika – ITDC – they are very successful and professional. They have the experience, the expertise, connections, strong government support and the ability to attract good hotel partners. But the next big step will be bringing in people on international flights.”

Since Lombok International airport only currently has two foreign airlines – AirAsia and SilkAir – offering direct flights to the island, it might be a challenge to handle thousands of passengers all at once.

Foreseeing this concern, Lim says: “I don’t think they will get big groups in 2019. I predict smaller groups as big as 200 or 300 people will visit to start with. It will be a slow burn. But we’re very optimistic.”

A project of such a gigantic scale draws high expectations from the public especially tourists who cannot wait for the construction of luxurious hotels such as Club Med and Royal Tulip. Despite a few hiccups in the past, many are hopeful that this will drive the tourism boom in Lombok. Plus it’s a hot investment spot right now.

After all, its scenic views and ethereal charm are more than enough to captivate thousands or millions seeking for solitude in nature. We have yet to see how this project unfolds.

Target: 15 Million 2017 Indonesia Tourists!

 

Two of 15 Million 2017 Indonesia Tourists seen smiling and holding colorful parrots against backdrop of orange Heliconia flowers

Two of the 15 million 2017 Indonesia Tourists – posing with colorful parrots

Date:  December 30, 2016
Source: Indonesia Travel

Lombok Investement News:  Minister of Tourism Arief  Yahya targets 15 million 2017 Indonesia tourists and underscores action plans for 2017.

 

According to official data issued by the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics, international tourist arrivals to Indonesia from January through October 2016 reached 9,413,814, being a growth of 9.54% year on year.

But since total yearly arrivals can be confirmed only in January next year, Minister Arief Yahya estimated that based on monitoring actual trends, arrivals in November can be estimated to reach 1.3 million and in December 1.5 million arrivals. This means that Indonesia can confidently confirm to have reached the target of 12 million in 2016, being a phenomenal growth of  20% in one year, up  from 10.4 million in 2015.

Thus, In 2016, Indonesia’s Tourism Sector will have contributed 11% to the country’s GDP from total tourists spending in Indonesia at  Rp. 172 trillion,  thereby providing direct, indirect or related tourism jobs for 11.8 million people and further stimulating Lombok investment.

“These significant achievements have strengthened Indonesia’s resolve to aim even higher by raising our goals and targets  for 2017 to 15 million international arrivals – or a growth rate of 25% -, and on to 20 million arrivals in 2019”, said Minister Arief Yahya.

In next year’s 2017 plan, the government has stipulated that tourism must increase international arrivals to 15 million, increasing 25% over this year’s achievements, providing a 13% share to national GDP, and creating 12 million jobs. These achievements should push Indonesia’s competitive index , from the present rank at 50, up to rank no. 40 in the WEF World Competitive Tourism Index. And this amidst global tourism growth of 4.4% and ASEAN tourism growth of 5.1%.

“Remember, that exceptional results can only be achieved through extraordinary actions’’ reminded Minister Yahya to all.  And, therefore, this requires all of us involved to follow what he called the 3S in Tourism corporate culture, being: Solid cooperation and coordination, speedy actions at all levels, and a spread throughout the archipelago. We must all work in unison and with speed so that tourism’s impact on Lombok investment will  grow commensurately and equally significant”.

To achieve these goals, the Ministry  will place emphasis on three key priority plans, starting from the first quarter next year, these are: Go Digital, Air Connectivity, and the construction of 20,000 Homestays in Tourism Villages across the archipelago.

These actions will take into consideration  capacities of Indonesia’s three main gateways of Bali, Jakarta and the Riau Islands, as well as that of the top 10 priority destinations that have been earmarked for accelerated development, which are named the New Bali destinations. These include: Lake Toba

in North Sumatra,  Bangka-Belitung in the southern part of Sumatra,  Central Java and Yogyakarta that centralize on Borobudur temple the Thousand Islands facing Jakarta, the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru  mountains area in East Java, the  beach area in Banten, the Mandalika Beach area in Lombok Labuan Bajo, springboard to the Komodo islands in Flores, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, and Morotai in North Maluku.

 

Go Digital Campaign

 

In the Go Digital tourism plan, this has already been started in September 2016 with the creation of the ITX (Indonesia Tourism Exchange) digital market place platform offered to all ecotourism businesses and other activities where buyers meet sellers. We expect  ITX to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2017 when all tourism businesses will have gone digital, said the Minister.

And, if two years ago we concentrated on Branding the Indonesia Destination, last year  we focused on Advertising, this third year we will shift to emphasizing Sales.

A Digital “War Room” has already been set up in the Ministry to enable us to follow and receive inputs on all developments and feedback from throughout the country on tourism traffic to shortfalls in services. .

Named M-17,  this room has 16 LED touch screens that monitor tourism ‘s 4 main activities, namely; international marketing, domestic marketing traffic and statistics big data, and inputs such as complaints, criticisms, suggestions and testimonials, be they positive or negative.

Air Connectivity

 

As regards connectivity, to achieve the expected goals, air connectivity from major world markets and on to main and secondary destinations is of utmost importance. This is because over 75% of tourists to Indonesia arrive by air, although breakthrough regulations have also been made to facilitate the entry of yachts and the lifting of cabotage for cruise ships.  Today, border destinations are also upgraded and events held on the borders with Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and with Singapore and Malaysia,  to attract more border crossing tourists.

Air capacity-wise Indonesia aims to increase air seat capacity to 4 million. Although this is the purview of the Ministry of Transportation, nonetheless, the Tourism Ministry is already collaborating closely with the Transport Ministry, domestic and international Airlines, Airnavigation and Airport Authorities, upgrading and streamlining facilities for  the  fast and convenient arrival and departure of passengers.

Not only are more airlines urged to fly to Indonesia, – Indonesia’s LCC carriers are already flying direct from China to Manado, Makassar and Bintan, with Australian Jetstar to add flights to , and Garuda Indonesia flying Mumbai-Jakarta – yet more airports are now operating 24 hours daily to allow international flights to land at any time of the day or night.

 

Indonesia Tourist Praying at Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta

Indonesia tourist praying in morning at Borobudur Buddhist Temple in Yogyakarta Java, Indonesia. Candi Borobudur is located in Magelang Regency in Java, Indonesia and is now well known as a tourist hotspot rather than a religious place of practice. It is mainly known for its giant stupas on the top levels of the temple and thousands of Buddha statues.

Multiple Homestays with local architecture and ambience

 

Furthermore, to receive the expected surge of tourists not only in already well known destinations of Jakarta, Bali and Batam, but since tourists can now fly directly to their choice destinations, the government plans to build Homestays to make available sufficient accommodation facilities almost instantly.  In the first quarter of 2017 over 1,000 homestays will  be built in the country’s top 10 new tourist destinations, said Arief Yahya.

These are around Lake Toba (in North Sumatra); at Tanjung Kelayang Beach (Bangka Belitung); Tanjung Lesung Beach (Banten); Kepulauan Seribu – The Thousand Islands (Jakarta); by the magnificent Borobudur temple in (Central Java), Mt. Bromo Tengger Semeru mountains (in East Java); at Mandalika Beach (Lombok, West Nusatenggara); Labuan Bajo (Flores– jumping off point to the Komodo islands in the East Nusatenggara province); on Wakatobi islands famed as the underwater paradise (in Southeast Sulawesi); and on Morotai island of World War II fame (in Maluku). 100 homestays will be built at each destination. These houses have been designed such that they will blend beautifully with each of the surrounding landscapes utilizing local architecture.

With this strategy in place that are immediately implemented, Indonesia is confident that the target in the huge surge of tourist arrivals to 15 million next year can be met.

Accor’s Mandalika Pullman Hotel to Start; Sinarmas To Build $USD 658 Million Nuvasa Bay

Spectacular modern office headquarters of Indonesia Developer Sinarmas Land

Accor Hotels and Sinarmas Land both plan significant new investments in Indonesia. Accor will soon break ground for its new Lombok investment – the Pullman Hotel, located with the Mandalika Resort mega-development in Kuta, Lombok.

Date: December 16, 2015
Source: Deal Street Asia

Accor Hotels kicks off Lombok Pullman Hotel, Club Med to follow

 

The French hotel group AccorHotels held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Lombokinvestment – the Pullman hotel at the Mandalika Resort, in Kuta (West Nusa Tenggara) Indonesia.

In addition, Sinarmas Land is to build their Nuvasa Bay Nusava Bay project which will occupy 228 hectares of land and follows two previous endeavors by Sinar Mas – Taman Duta Mas and Palm Springs Golf & Coutry Club, said a report in the Jakarta Post. Sinarmas Land controls two property developers listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), PT Bumi Serpong Damai Tbk (BSDE) and PT Duta Pertiwi Tbk (DUTI). “We will develop Nuvasa Bay for 15 years. Investment for the first phase is estimated to reach Rp 4 trillion for building 1,100 landed houses and 4,000 apartment units. The company is targeting to attract foreign and local buyers for its newest property, which will be developed in three stages over a seven-year, five-year, and three-year period respectively, the report added.

AccorHotels kicks off construction of its Pullman hotel on Lombok Island The French hotel operator is one of four Lombok investment entities that have announced plans to build five-star hotels in Mandalika, The Jakarta Post reported. The three others are Jiva Samudera Biru (JSB), French-based hotel chain Club Med and Lee International from South Korea. State-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) confirmed that AccorHotels and Club Med had signed contracts, while the two others had only signed memorandums of understanding (MoU), the report added.
“We are really trying to get them [the ones signing MoUs] to also build the hotels and for JSB to cooperate with Intercontinental to operate the hotel,” ITDC director for business and development Edwin Darmasetiawan told the Jakarta Post, adding that JSB was planning to build two hotels. Construction of the Pullman hotel is estimated to cost around Rp 400 billion ($28.75 million), set to come from the company’s own funds. The development of the area is part of the government’s efforts to boost foreign tourist arrivals to 20 million per year by 2019 from around 10 million annual visits at present. ITDC president director Abdulbar M Mansoer said the company was planning to have 20 starred hotels built within 20 years, the report added.

West Nusa Tenggara: Indonesia’s Next Big Thing!

Muhammad Zainul Majdi - Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, Lombok Island Indonesia

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, Lombok Island, Indonesia

 
Date: July 12, 2017
Source: TheWorldFolio.com

By cultivating its natural advantages, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara’s main island, is rapidly developing its economy and emerging as a regional hub.

 

One part of Indonesia has emerged in recent years as a growing tourism hub, with a progressive SME development policy and potential to develop a major green field maritime hub.

This is West Nusa Tenggara, locally known as NTB, a collection of heavily forested islands making up a prosperous and increasingly internationally branded province of Eastern Indonesia. The province begins directly to the east of Bali – the country’s tourism mecca. This collection of islands is best known for Sumbawa and Lombok, with the latter having emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular tourism destination.

For many, Lombok has become “The Unspoiled Bali” and is known as a tranquil alternative to its often hectic and crowded neighbor. The Gili Islands in particular, off the coast of Lombok, have become major drawcards for visitors seeking a relaxing, eco-tourism experience on its pristine, car-free shores.


“In 2008, NTB received 480,000 tourists, and then by 2013, we reached 1 million tourist arrivals. In the year of 2016, we have already achieved 2 million tourists. As we can see, the growth accelerates very quickly under the right conditions”

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, Governor, West Nusa Tenggara


The majority of the population of NTB is made of the Sasak ethnic group. They are related to the Balinese people, with religion the main distinguishing feature between the two peoples. The famous Gandrung dance – a fertility ritual undertaken by young women in golden eye masks (a well-known symbol of Bali) is also a Sasak tradition. The Gendang beleq marching drum dance is also a Sasak musical tradition. Here groups carrying enormous drums play in the streets wearing colorful costumes and public performances are a common site.

Dotting the green, forested landscape of Lombok are the charming, pile-built, bonnet shaped rice barns known as lumbung. These distinctive and quaint structures give villages a cozy, fairytale look.

Mataram on the west-coast of Lombok is the provincial capital. This historical sea port is known for its religious harmony with a plethora of Catholic churches, Hindu and Confucian temples and mosques existing side by side. The island’s Senggigi Beach tourism center is just a short distance from the city. White sand shores, crystal clear seas, fresh-water waterfalls and a spectacular view of Mount Rinjani have made this a gateway attraction for visitors.

It is in fact tourism that has driven Lombok forward in recent years.

Lombok’s highlands are verdant and lush, with the Gunung Rinjani National Park offering hiking paths for tourists interested in fresh mountain air and stunning views. The area is dominated by an enormous crater lake, with a surface area of 6.8 square miles that is one of the most popular hiker destinations. This lake, Segara Anak Toba, offers breath-taking views of nature and fresh water heated by volcanic activity beneath the surface.

The previously mentioned Gili Islands have become one of Lombok’s most popular tourism destinations. The three ‘Gilis’ (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are tranquil destinations that offer nature-based, remote island experiences. Cars are not allowed on these islands so locals rely on bicycles and horses as the main forms of transport. The diving areas and beaches there are renowned throughout Indonesia and continue to draw more international and domestic holiday-makers.

The numbers speak for themselves, as the province’s youthful governor, Muhammad Zainul Majdi, explains, “In 2008, NTB received 480,000 tourists, and then by 2013, we reached 1 million tourist arrivals. In the year of 2016, we have already achieved 2 million tourists. As we can see, the growth accelerates very quickly under the right conditions.”

Perhaps due to the success of Lombok’s domestic efforts, the island has been incorporated into the national tourism development strategy. Priority zones are being developed to demonstrate that the country of 17,000 islands has more than Bali to offer foreign visitors.

To this end a special economic zone has been established on the idyllic virgin island of Mandalika. With incentives to invest and tax breaks, it is expected that the island will quickly transform into a popular area for travelers as facilities are put in place.“Our Mandalika Special Economic Zone is one of the 10 main destinations for tourism development beyond Bali. Our geostrategic position in terms of sailing makes it possible to be developed as a global hub, especially in the northern area of Lombok”, says Governor Majdi.

In other Lombok investment news, Indonesia has initiated a strategy targeting the global halal tourism boom to increase tourist numbers from traditional visitor markets. Also known as ‘family-friendly’ tourism, halal tourism is aimed at creating conditions conducive to attracting visitors from the moderate Muslim communities. This entails upscaling the destination’s attractiveness by ensuring the availability of halal food, places of worship and accommodation catered to the needs of this group.

The primary source of these visitors include residents of affluent areas including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Services demand also exists from non-Muslim majority countries that have fast growing Muslim communities.  These include the European Union, U.S., Canada, China and India.

Studies show that halal tourists usually travel with more family members, stay for longer periods and ultimately spend more money than other tourist groups. As a result, tourism branding campaigns for Lombok are adapting their approach and services to better suit this tourist niche.

Lombok’s historical links to Arab seafarers has given it a competitive advantage in this area. Many centuries ago, Yemeni traders established a community in the port of Ampenan, a coastal district of Mataram. This quarter still boasts architecture as well as historical and cultural heritage from this Yemeni period.

Underpinning Lombok investment growth are progressive local policies aimed at encouraging youth involvement in business. These policies are starting to bear fruits eight years on, according to Governor Majdi. “In 2008 we introduced our program called ‘100,000 Wirausaha Baru’ (100,000 New Entrepreneurs). The backbone of this program is our youth and we aim to empower the young generations of NTB through its implementation. I believe that NTB’s economic structure can be strengthened not only in the agriculture sector, but also in the entrepreneurial sector. Through this strengthening we can create sustainable growth through micro and small-medium enterprises”.

On top of grassroots economic empowerment, Lombok is set to play a bigger role in the nation’s sea-based connectivity. Through developing port locations along the Lombok Strait it is possible to drastically cut down shipping costs and improve the movement of merchant marine vessels.

“Our President has declared creating the global maritime axis as one of his administration’s priorities, and of course we will contribute to do that. In fact, to achieve this global maritime axis, a key factor would be the utilization of Lombok Strait (Selat Lombok). Lombok Strait has several characteristics that Malaka Strait does not have,” says Governor Majdi.

These favorable conditions have created Lombok investment opportunities for business people interested in cashing in on Indonesia’s ever growing sea transport and logistics sector. Once such site exists in the island’s north. Plans are afoot to provide a number of fiscal advantages for investors and business partners in developing this potentially lucrative maritime hub.

As Governor Majdi explains, “We have a very good location for a potential port in Lombok called ‘Kayangan’. We have already started talking with the people there, so I believe the needs of land acquisition could be fulfilled. We will be preparing the regulations that will accommodate this plan now, and we are communicating with the central government to make the territory a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). This aims to give incentives for investors who plan to build and develop the Kayangan area”.

Time will tell how NTB progresses in its goal to develop tourism, promote SME growth and become a key sub-regional maritime logistics hub. However the signs are positive and if recent achievements are anything to go by, this island may well be the next big investment destination for Eastern Indonesia.

Korean Air Flying To Lombok in July

 

100's of people in line to buy tickets to Lombok on Korean Air

Hundreds line up to buy tickets for Korean Airlines direct flights to Lombok scheduled to commence in July of 2017.

 
Date: Mon, July 3, 2017
Source:  Jakarta Post

Chartered planes owned by Korean Air will begin flying to Lombok International Airport on July 29.

 

Seven planes will fly from Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea, between July and October, West Nusa Tenggara tourism agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal said in Mataram on Monday.

“We have received a letter from the Korean Air management to inform us about a plan of the Airbus 330-200 plane to fly to Lombok on July 29,” Lalu told The Jakarta Post.

The letter was signed by Korean Air general manager of the Southeast Asia/Oceania route network center, passenger network and sales Sangwook Bae, Lalu said.

The seven flights are part of a pilot project that, if considered successful, might be followed up with the opening of regular flights by Korean Air from Incheon Airport to Lombok International Airport, he added.

The number of Korean tourists to Lombok increased in recent months, boosted by the television broadcast of a Korean drama in the country. Scenes of the show were filmed in Lombok and Gili Trawangan, also in West Nusa Tenggara.

The number of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Singaporean tourists to Lombok increased significantly in 2016, with Malaysian tourists comprising the largest number with 12,000 per month because of Air Asia’s decision to schedule flights three times a day from Kuala Lumpur to Lombok, Lalu said. (bbn)

Uber Lombok Makes Tourism Play

 

Uber Lombok driver with silver car at Uber pickup station

Uber Lombok pickup station featuring car and driver ready to transport Lombok tourists and other customers.

 

Date: June 21, 2017
Source: TravelMole.com

Uber Lombok expands its footprint east to Mataram on Indonesian holiday island of Lombok.

 

Tourist demand in Lombok is soaring and infrastructure is developing at a rapid pace as one of the Indonesia tourism ministry’s key destinations being promoted.  As a result, Uber Indonesia has rolled out in the islands capital Mataram with the uberX and uberTrip services.  Mataram, Lombok marks the 30th city and seventh island In Indonesia with Uber coverage, Uber Indonesia’s head of communications Dian Safitri told local media.

UberX is the point-to-point ride service for up to four passengers and uberTrip offers a tourist-friendly charter-like service of several hours, enabling visitors to enjoy island-wide private tours. The uberTrip service has seen high demand from tourists in neighbouring Bali.

It enters the market with support from local officials, Dian said. “We have communicated our presence here, and we are happy to get support from the government as stakeholders.”  Uber is currently cooperating with the transport cooperative Trans Usaha Bersama to introduce the service which officially began last week.

The company plans to educate and promote more awareness of ride sharing in the local community, while boosting its pool of driver partners.

“We will focus on education and minimize waiting time for passengers, because we hope to be part of the transportation ecosystem and develop tourism here,” said John Colombo, head of public policy and government affairs.

Korean Airlines Announces Lombok Flights

 

Korean Airlines plane in flight in cloudless blue skies

Korean Airlines in the sky as the airlines announces new direct flights to Lombok

Date: June 2, 2017
Source: IndonesiaExpat.biz

Korean Airlines flying direct to Lombok!

 

South Korean carrier Korean Air is set to host charter flights between South Korea and Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), in July and August.

“Korean Air will launch seven chartered flights,” Lombok International Airport (LIA) General Manager I Gusti Ngurah Ardita sad in Mataram District, the capital of NTB, on Monday, May 29, as reported by Antara News.

Ardita said the airline, based in Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu in Seoul, will arrive at the Lombok International Airport from July 29 until the end of August.

“We certainly expect that with this charter flight, it can open a fixed route for Korean – Lombok flights,” Ardita noted during the meeting with Park Kee Hyun, Korean Air Regional Manager of Indonesia and Bae Sang-wook, General Manager of SouthEast Asia/Oceania Route Network Centre Passenger Network & Sales.

The arrival of Korean Air in Lombok follows a meeting held in April, Ardita added. Korean Air, airport operator Angkasa Pura, the regional government and the Tourism Board of West Nusa Tenggara teamed up to ease the move.

West Nusa Tenggara Governor TGH Muhammad Zainul Majdi said a visit by South Korea’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Cho Tai Young, and his wife, Cho Gye Young, from South Korea to Lombok via a chartered flight could become a regular flight.

Direct flights could help boost tourism, in line with the government’s hopes of attracting 20 million foreign tourists by 2019. The goal is to make the archipelago a world-class tourism destination – including Lombok Island.

New 100 MW Lombok Power Plant

 
Agreement signing ceremony for new Lombok power plant

An agreement was signed Friday to build a new power plant in Lombok, West Nusa Tengarra. The agreement between Indonesian firm Rekayasa Industry & Polish engineering and construction contractor Rafako will significantly increase electricity generation on the Island of Lombok.

Date: June 14, 2017
Source:  Jakarta Globe

Indonesian firm Rekayasa Industry & Polish construction contractor Rafako, signed a partnership agreement Friday to build new Lombok power plant.

 

The firms plan to build a 2 x 50 megawatt power plant for Indonesian state-owned electricity company PLN, in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

The Rafako-Rekin partnership is expected to increase PLN’s power generation experience. This is in line with Rafako’s vision to connect Indonesia to the world and to help Indonesia meet its projected economic growth target, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

“We have long felt that our experience and partnership with Indonesia’s Rekin will give us more opportunities to participate in the building of the Indonesian infrastructure at a competitive price,” Rafako’s president and chief executive, Agnieszka Wasilewska, said in the statement.

She added that the project will comply with technical standards set in the European Union in terms of conventional power generation and will also use environmentally-friendly technology and processes.

“At the same time, we will empower the Indonesian construction industry and connect producers and users of power with guaranteed outstanding parts and supplies,” she said.

The signing of the partnership agreement took place last Friday in Szczecin, Poland, witnessed by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Poland’s Minister of Maritime and Inland Navigation Marek Grobarczyk.

Rafako, a subsidiary of the PBG Group, was established in 1949 and has been a leader in the power generation industry since.

Lombok Investor Optimism Strong

 

Gold coins stacked in increasing amounts with arrow signaling rising lombok investor optimism

Lombok Investor optimism is at an all-time high. The luxury resort sector is leading the pack as demand for luxury and high-end properties outstrips supply on Lombok Island.

Date:  Lombok, June 12, 2017
Source: TTG Asia.com

Lombok investor optimism underlined the recent Tourism Development Forum, with a huge increase in international air arrivals and upscale resort demand outstripping supply in 2016.

 

Just under 100,000 international arrivals were reported by the Statistics Indonesia Bureau at Lombok International Airport in 2016, up 29 per cent, but the upscale resort segment saw 10 per cent supply growth outpaced by an 18 per cent increase in demand. In Lombok investment news the increase in upscale demand (23 per cent) was reported continuing to exceed supply growth in the 1st quarter of 2017.

Current projections estimate competitive supply in Lombok would grow at double-digit rates over the next five years, largely spearheaded by the development in South Lombok and surrounding Gili Islands, in addition to the continued growth of North Lombok.

Ricky Baheramsjah, head of investment and marketing – Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, said: “We are hoping to have over 1,500 room keys open and ready by 2020. We have so far secured or booked over 350ha of development projects for our partners which equates to over 60 per cent of our total inventory or buildable landbank available.”

Developments such as the Mandalika project in South Lombok are gaining traction, as Baheramsjah revealed that the Vinci Construction Grands Projects, in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, has committed to bringing in a dual-branded hotel from the Middle East, Shaza and Mysk by Shaza.

Forum participants cite international airlift as the key laggard in bringing international arrivals to the island, but the overall sentiment was that increased air connectivity would follow imminent increases in rooms supply.

Soepit Bharata, head Lombok & Surabaya – Silkair, is optimistic about Lombok investment, having seen interest from international carriers in launching direct routes to the island and an increase in load factor on direct flights from Singapore.

However, infrastructural issues at Lombok International Airport, in terms of its ability to handle wide-bodied aircraft, are still a constraint, he added.

Motocross Circuit Boosts Lombok Tourism

 

New Lombok Sports Tourism Lombok International Airport Motocross and Grasstrack Circuit

The Lombok International Airport Motocross and Grasstrack Circuit – aimed at increasing the number of Lombok visitors and ramping up its local tourism attractions. While Lombok already has cultural tourism, marine tourism and culinary tourism, the local government is hoping to develop the Lombok Sports Tourism sector as another facet of the island’s tourism industry.

 

With rapid development in Lombok sports tourism infrastructure and hype in general, Lombok is capturing the attention of both local and foreign tourists.

 

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Lombok attracted 2.2 million visitors in 2015 and the number has increased to more than 3 million visitors in 2016.

The local government aims to keep increasing the number of visitors to Lombok by ramping up its local tourism attractions. Lombok already has cultural tourism, marine tourism and culinary tourism. However, the island still doesn’t has infrastructure for sport tourism. The local government is hoping to develop this segment on the island.

In order to bring the plan to reality, PT Angkasa Pura I will soon improve its existing motocross course near Lombok International Airport so that it is up to international standards.

“We will remodel the existing circuit. Now we are working on the structure and development in order to get the certificate which will allow us to hold a world championship event,” said General Manager of Lombok International Airport Igusti Ngurah Ardita.

The motocross circuit project has been in the pipeline for six months already, and is slated to be carried out by a state-owned company and the local government. The construction of the track – which will be 1,200 meters long and 810 meters wide – will be divided into four phases, with a targeted completion date scheduled for an unspecified time in 2018.

Lombok Sports Tourism at the Jambore Otomotif IMI NTB 2017" event.

The February 19, 2017 “Jambore Otomotif IMI NTB 2017” event at the Lombok International Airport Motocross and Grasstrack Circuit is part of the island’s effort to bolster Lombok Sports Tourism

The first section of the project is already finished. It launched on February 19, 2017, at the ‘Jambore Otomotif IMI NTB 2017’ event. This first section of the circuit is called “Lombok International Airport Motocross and Grasstrack Circuit”.

Ardita also stated that her party is now cooperating with Ikatan Motor Indonesia (Indonesian Motor Association) to transform the dream of a world-class motocross championship on Lombok into a reality. Because of this, the existing circuit still needs to be brought up to international standards.

“We still need various facilities and improvements in order to meet the international standards,” said Ardita, adding that the development team prepared Rp.205 billion (US$15.4 million) to execute the facility improvement.

“With new sport tourism infrastructure, we hope the track can be an alternative option for tourists, as well as increase the number of visitors to Lombok,” said Ardita.

More Lombok Tourists For New Airport

More Lombok Tourists Line up at Lombok Airport's new facility

Tourists line up at new Lombok International Airport (BIL) as state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura aims to book Rp 3.5 billion (US$262,500) in revenue in 2017 through expansion projects in a bid to attract more tourists. The airport operator has set aside Rp 205 billion between 2016 and 2017 to improve the airport’s infrastructure, including an expansion of the apron, the construction of more gardens and airport lounges.


Date: April 20, 2017
Source:
Jakarta Post

Additional expenditures by Lombok airport operator Angakasa Pura targets goal of more Lombok tourists.

 

After ending up in the red last year, state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I), which manages Lombok International Airport (aka “Bandara International Airport” or “BIL), aims to book Rp 3.5 billion (US$262,500) in revenue in 2017 through vast expansion projects in a bid to attract more tourists.

The airport operator has set aside Rp 205 billion between 2016 and 2017 to improve the airport’s infrastructure, including an expansion of the apron, the construction of more gardens and airport lounges.“We have a great opportunity to expand, as we have 553 hectares of land: twice as much as Bali [airport],” AP I Lombok general manager I Gusti Ngurah Ardita said on Thursday, adding that the airport only used 50 percent of the available land at present.

Lombok-Jeddah Route Opening Planned

Lombok-Jeddah Route Opening soon here at Bandara International Airport shown here

According to its General Manager, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura says BIL is exploring opportunities to open a Lombok-Jeddah route to serve the 5,000 Hajj pilgrims annually flying to Saudi Arabia.

 
Date: 20 April, 2017
Source: 
Entempo.com

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I Lombok International Airport said that the company is exploring opportunities for Lombok-Jeddah route opening.

 

Angkasa Pura general manager, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita says the aim is to facilitate hajj pilgrims to fly to Saudi Arabia.  “We are now collecting data to assist the airlines,” Ardita said at Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara, April 20, 2017.

Ardita said that Lombok serves 5,000 pilgrims in a single umrah period. At present, the company is validating the data with several airlines, such as Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia.

According to Ardita, the talks with the airlines are running well. If an agreement is reached, Garuda and Lion Air will serve umrah flights from Lombok.

Ardita said that Garuda plans to open Lombok-Surabaya-Jeddah route, whereas Lion Air will open Lombok-Solo-Jeddah. “To optimize Lombok’s umrah potential.”

Ngurah Ardita added that volume of hajj passenger traffic in Lombok is quite high at an average of 11 flight groups. The figure covers the period between 2012 and 2016.

Tour De Lombok Mandalika

 

Tour de Lombok Mandalika bicycle riders compete on Lombok

Bike riders competing in the Tour de Lombok Mandalika cycling competition – a combination tourism event/race and showcase of the natural beauty of Lombok. The race is divided into 4 stages: Mataram City to Kuta Beach in Central Lombok (126 km); Bangsal Port to Senaru village in North Lombok (113 km); Kuta Beach to Sembalun, East Lombok (115 km) and; a 112 km circuit race in the heart of Mataram City.

Date: 13 Apr 2017
Source: Indonesia.travel

The Race Is On at the Tour de Lombok Mandalika cycling competition

 

Further reverberating the captivating beauty of Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province, the Tour de Lombok Mandalika will take place on 13th to 16th April 2017. Combining fierce cycling competition with the beautiful natural splendor of Lombok, this truly promises to be an exciting sports cum tourism event.

The race will be divided into 4 stages. The 1st stage will take riders from Mataram City, capital city of West Nusa Tenggara Province to Kuta Beach in Central Lombok over a distance of 126 km. The 2nd stage will start from the Bangsal Port to Senaru village in North Lombok covering the distance of 113 km. While the 3rd stage covers 115 km from Kuta Beach in Central Lombok to Sembalun in East Lombok. And the 4th and final stage will be a 112 km circuit race right in the heart of Mataram City. The circuit race during the final stage will consist of 10 laps in which laps 3,6, and 9 feature sprint tracks. Besides cycling through some attractive scenery of Lombok, racers will have to ride over some extreme challenges that include the steep ascending track from Sembalun all the way up to the foot of Mount Rinjani .

Competing for the total cash prize of IDR800 Million, the Tour de Lombok Mandalika will see fierce competition among the 17 cycling teams consisting of 17 international teams and 5 Indonesia teams. Among these are cyclists and cycling teams from Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia, Kuwait, Laos, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Singapore and Iran..

Head of the Tourism Office of West Nusa Tenggara Province, Lalo Faozal explained that the event is aimed to push the promotion of the captivating natural and cultural, culinary and shopping attractions of Lombok to the entire world. He projects that the Tour de Lombok Mandalika will not only be a one-time event, but will continue to be held regularly as an annual event.

“Riders will be presented with some of the most fabulous views and appeals of the island. We, therefore, hope that racers will return again and again to Lombok not only to participate in next year’s competition but also to enjoy themselves with their loved ones as tourists to Wonderful Lombok,” said Lalo Faozal.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya commented that international-scale sports tourism events can give direct impact and high media value for Lombok in particular and Indonesia in general. “The Tour de Lombok Mandalika can boost the special interest market including in recreational sports. As riders take on the challenging race track, they can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of white sand beaches and crystal blue seas, lush forests, as well as green hills and mountains. Complemented with more than adequate facilities, the Tour de Lombok Mandalika is expected to attract more tourists to Lombok who will stay longer and explore further the many attractions of the island,” said Minister Arief Yahya.

With divine beaches, the looming Mount Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s little wonder then that Lombok is the most popular destination in West Nusa Tenggara. Already professional surfers love to ride the massive breaks along Lombok’s south coast. Do challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty displayed here.

There are daily flights between Bali and Jakarta to the Lombok International Airport situated at Tanah Awu, in Central Lombok District. The airport is located some 30 km from Mataram, capital city of West Nusa Tenggara.

Mandalika Lombok Cycling Race

Riders in the Mandalika Lombok Cycling Race in full flow as they compete for the win.

22 countries with over 100 riders are competing in the Madalika Lombok cycling race “”Tour de Lombok Mandalika”. The bike rider’s countries of origin include Indonesia, the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Japan, France, Korea, Malaysia, Italy and China. Head of Tourism for Lombok NTB Lalu Moh Faozal said “together with team entourages the number of racers and team member could exceed 1,000 people”.


Date: April 2, 2017
Source: en.netal.news

Hundreds of cyclists from 22 countries are planning to participate in the Mandalika Lombok Cycling Race to be held on April 13-16, 2017.

 

Head of Tourism Department of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Lalu Moh Faozal said this Mandalika Tour is the official agenda of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI) and obtains recommendation of 2.2 category from the Union Cycliste Internationale.

“In total there are 22 countries with over hundred riders,” said Faozal as quoted by Antara, Sunday (4/2/2017).

The countries of origin of the bicycle racers, said Faozal, are including Indonesia, the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Japan, France, Korea, Malaysia, Italy and China.

“If plus entourage, racers and team it could be more than 1,000 people,” he said.

He explained that the route of the Tour de Lombok Mandalika consists of four stages, the first stage is Mataram City-Kuta, Central Lombok Tengah along 126 km.

Bangsal Port-Senaru is across 113 km in North Lombok Regency (KLU). Then, Kuta in Central Lombok Regency to Sembalun in East Lombok Regency reaches 115 km and stage IV in Mataram City is 112 km or 10 rounds ride, with a sprint in the third, sixth, and ninth lane.

“Especially Mataram City, it is the sprint race track,” he said.

Meanwhile, Representative of ISSI Dadang said the racers will go through the flat roads and uphill. Of the four stages to be passed by the racers, the heaviest ones are in stage three from Kuta, Central Lombok towards Sembalun, East Lombok.

Total prize offered to the winners reaches IDR800 million. In addition to prize money racer also gets charter every time reaches finish line and is entitled to wear the yellow jersey as the winner.

Rp6 Trillion For Mandalika

Agreement signing ceremony - France Investing Rp6 Trillion in Mandalika

A development agreement for integrated tourism projects in the special economic zone (KEK) of the Mandalika Resort development project in Lombok NTB was signed by Vinci Construction Grands Projects and ITDC in front of Indonesia President Joko Widodo and French President Francois Hollande. The development agreement is reported to include building several hotels and a Moto GP circuit at Mandalika.

Date:  April 1, 2017
Source: Antara News

France Investing Rp6 Trillion in Mandalika as French firm Vinci Construction and ITDC sign investment agreement worth US$500 million for seven Mandalika Resort hotels and a Moto GP circuit .

 

 Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Resources Luhut Panjaitan said a French state company Vinci Construction Grands Projects has signed a cooperation agreement with the state owned PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on development of integrated tourism in the special economic zone (KEK) of Mandalika in the regency of Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

 “The agreement was signed by Vinci Construction Grands Projets and ITDC in front of President Joko Widodo and French President Francois Hollande,” Luhut said here on Saturday.

Rion-Antirion Bridge crossing the Gulf of Corinth in Greece by French firm Vinci Construction is the longest suspended road span yet achieved on this type of bridge, at 2.2 meters of roadway hanging from four towers.

 The French President visited the country earlier this week.

Luhut said under the agreement the French state company would build hotels and Moto GP circuit at Mandalika, which is owned by state owned PT ITDC.  The project will occupy a 120 hectare plot of land in a location that would be the next Nusa Dua, the world famous beach resort area in Bali designed and built by ITDC .

ITDC President Abdulbar Mansoer said the French company would invest Rp6 trillion in projects of seven hotels and Moto GP circuit in Mandalika.

The fund would also be used to build a convention hall to facilitate MICE tourists, he added. He said the construction of the projects is expected to take two years for completion in 2019.

New Four Star Mandalika Hotel

 

Double Crescent Bays of Kuta Beach - site of new four star Mandalika Hotel

Developer PT Elmar Mitra Perkasa expects to invest US$11.19 million on its new four star Mandalika Hotel

 
Hotel Date: January 20, 2017
Source: The Jakarta Post

The Mandalika Resorts special economic zone (KEK) in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), is set to host a new four star Mandalika hotel in the next two years.

 

Initiated by PT Elmar Mitra Perkasa, the 200-room and 10-villa property named X2 Mandalika Hotel will be built on a 3.2-hectare plot of land.

“The prospect of this project is very promising, thus we are very interested and serious in our investment of Rp 150 billion (US$11.19 million),” said the company’s director Teddy Yusaldi during a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony with the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in Central Lombok, NTB, on Friday.

The hotel is located on the west coast of Kuta Beach and will be equipped with a beach sports facility.

PT Elmar Mitra Perkasa is reportedly the fifth company to have made an investment in the hotel industry in the Mandalika KEK. Pullman, Club Med and Royal Tulip are among the hotels currently soon to commence construction in the area.

ITDC president director Abdulbar M. Mansoer said Mandalika KEK expected to have at least 1000 rooms on offer by 2019.

Mandalika Resort MotoGP Circuit

 

Illustaration of Mandalika Resort MotoGP Circuit

An agreement between France’s Vinci Construction Projects and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to build a world-class MotoGP racing track at the new Mandalika Resort project in Kuta, Lombok NTB has been signed.

Date: April 1, 2017
Source: bertia.baca.co.id

Indonesia MotoGP lovers will soon watch the racers and classmates of Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo racing at the Mandalika Resorts MotoGP Circuit Lombok.

 

This circuit is a part of the greater plan of PT Development Tourism Indonesia (ITDC) to make the Mandalika project a world class tourist destination.

This circuit, according to Coordinating Minister Luhut, is planned to be built in concert with French investor  Vincy.  The ITDC chief said there are nearly Rp 6 trillion in contributions that will soon be made by the French investors to make the hotels and the Moto GP circuit.

Manda;lika Resort MotoGp Track Rendering and infomration

Rendering with information on proposed new MotoGP racing track to be built at Mandalika Resort project in Kuta, Lombok

Certainly, already signed by the president, “Coordinating Minister Luhut stated that the agreemeent is already signed by president Jokowi and he answered questions from journalistsabout the project.

To the Governor of NTB and Coordinating Minister Luhut advised that resolution of land issues still needs to be resolved. In addition, he pledged that numerous improvements to infrastructure, education and other projects to benefit locals are in the works. “We do not want to just finish the Mandalika project. We want KEK (Mandalika) employees in the region and later their sons and daughters, to benefit from the project. “Lombok Island is so rich it must be enjoyed equally by Lombok’s own people, not just foreigners and tourists “said Coordinating Minister Luhut.

Coordinating Minister Luhut gave examples of local products that can be sold to the restaurant and hospitality  industries and stated that “much produce and farm products can be supplied by area and sold at the Mandalika project, for example vegetable, eggs, chicken, etc. and he explained further that the Mandalika SEZ development is the implementation of a strategic development of the Indonesian government designed to encourage equitable growth.

“Our strategy is no longer “Jawacentric” but is “Indonesiacentric” and growth outside Java is important.  “Whether this country does well or not  is completely dependent upon the choices and decisions we make today,” concluded Luhut.

 

Australia Offered Lombok Airport Management

 

New Lombok Airport management slated for BIL

In an effort to turn the operation profitable, Indonesia state owned Angkasa Pura, operator of the Lombok International Airport (Bandara Internasional Indonesia or “BIL”) Tanak Awu near Praya on the Island of Lombok has offered an airport operator in Australia the chance to jointly operate Lombok airport. The Lombok International Airport.

Date:  March 9, 2017
Source: The Jakarta Post

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says Indonesian government will offer an Australian company joint Lombok Airport management for Bandara International Lombok.

 

 

The offer came after a meeting between Budi and Australian Regional Development, Regional Communications, and Local Government and Territories Minister Hon Fiona Nash on Thursday.

“We are offering an airport operator in Australia the chance to jointly operate Lombok airport,” Budi said. Currently, the Lombok International Airport is managed by state airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) I.

The airport has not yet been able to turn a profit and as such the minister hopes that the cooperation will increase traffic and spur further development of the airport.

The meeting also highlighted possible cooperation between the two countries in tourism and aviation, especially in remote and border areas.

The development of airports in border areas such as Rote Island and emerging tourist destination Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, were also discussed during the meeting.

Indonesia has invited private companies to take part in developing airports because of limited funds in the state budget.

Australia mentioned the Christmas Island as well as an area in Brisbane as possible locations for collaboration in area development.

Fiona also welcomed the business talks between the two countries. “Certainly there are various ways to extend the opportunities in front of us” she said.

Thousands of Lombok Cruise Passengers in 2017

 

Lombok's Lembar seaport as seen from the water - where thousands of Lombok cruise passengers are expected to

The Lembar seaport on the west side of the island is gearing up for the thousands of Lombok cruise passengers scheduled to visit the island on 24 cruise ships in 2017.

Date: February 15, 2017
Source: The Jakarta Post

The tourism industry in Lombok is looking forward to 24 cruise ships, bringing thousands of Lombok cruise passengers to Lombok’s Lembar Seaport.

 

The shipping companies behind the 24 vessels had conf­irmed the planned stops in Lombok, NTB Tourism Agency head Lalu Muhammad Faozal said, adding that the number marked an in­crease from 18 layovers last year.

“The passengers will enjoy a one-day trip to a number of destinations in Lombok,” he said on Friday.

Around 50,000 passengers will visit Lom­bok on the cruise ships, mostly from European coun­tries and Singapore.

The local administration will present special performances for the tourists such as traditional music and dances at the NTB State Museum and the NTB Cultural Park in Mataram.

Baharuddin, the general manager of state owned port operator PT Pelindo III, which operates the Lembar seaport, said three cruise ships had entered the region so far this year.

The lat­est one, Dutch-flagged Volendam, ar­rived on Tuesday, carrying 1,968 people, including 596 crew members.

“The ship moored from Tuesday morning until night, so the passen­gers had time to explore a number of destinations in Lombok,” he said.

The visits would not only boost the local economy but also help promote tourism destinations in Lombok, he added.

At least 15 buses and 25 cars from local travel agencies and transportation companies took tourists to several destinations, like Sekotong, Kuta Central Lombok, Mataram Mall, Senggigi, the Sukarare woven production center, Banyu Mulek and Darmada Park. Some also went by boat to the beautiful islets Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak.

International cruise ships usually pass Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara on their way to Lombok and then move on to Bali, before heading back to international waters.

The province has enjoyed increasing hotel occupancy rates in Mataram and West Lombok fol­lowing a month of intensive tourism promotion under the Lommok Sumbawa Great Sale 2017 cam­aign.

“Normally, the occupancy rate is 40 to 50 percent. Thanks to the Great Sale event, it increased to 80 to 85 percent,” Mataram Hotel Association (AHM) chairman Ernanda Agung said in a meet­ing on Friday.

The meeting revealed that the promotion, which lasted from Feb. 1 to 28, also boosted revenue at restaurants and souvenir shops in Lombok by 25 percent.

Lombok City Center Mall general manager Daniel B. Kristiawan said the Great Sale campaign had had a positive impact for vendors at the mall. The event had been of great help to lure visi­tors during the low season, he added.

The Great Sale, jointly conducted by the NTB Tourism Agency and private tourism organiza­tions in NTB, is part of efforts to boost tourism in the province during the low season in Febru­ary. It involves 189 business units offering a variety of discounts at hotels, restaurants, souvenir outlets and tourist packages from travel agencies.

Lombok Bau Nyale Festival of “Sea Worm” Princess

Crowds at the annual Lombok Bau Nyale Festival

The Bau Nyale Festival is an age-old tradition that is closely linked to the legend of the beautiful Princess Mandalika. The locals believe that the Nyale (sea worms) are sacred creatures that bring prosperity to those who honor them. The belief is based on the legend which tells of Mandalika throwing herself into the sea to bring peace among her many competing suitors, only to re-emerge each year as Nyale, from the waters of Seger Beach in Kuta, Lombok

Date: February 20, 2017
Source: BBC News

The Lombok Bau Nyale Festival, meaning “catching sea worms” in the local Sasak language, happens each year in February.

 

The locals believe, that the Nyale (worms) are not just sea worms, but are sacred creatures that bring prosperity to those who honor them, or misfortune to those who ignore them. The belief is based on the legend that there once lived a beautiful princess named Mandalika with whom so many princes fell in love with that all were eager to wed her. Competing to win her, they created an upheaval throughout the island. Seeing this, the princess was saddened and longed for peace in the land. To end the chaos, Princess Mandalika threw herself into the sea. Her people tried to rescue her body, but found instead an abundance of sea worms, known today as Nyale. Thus, Nyale are believed to be the reincarnation of Princess Mandalika.

Crowds of beachgoers gather at sunset at Lombok Bau Nyale Festival

Every year as evening approaches thousands of people gather at Seger Beach to hunt the legendary sea worms, which the legend says are the reincarnation of the beautiful Princess Mandalika.

To this day the Nyale appear once a year on the beach, and are considered as the once beautiful princess who pays a visit to her people. The traditional Sasak communities celebrate this festival each February, according to their traditional calendar. Crowds begin arriving along the coastline of Kuta village in Central Lombok, Indonesia before dawn. Equipped with traditional fishing tools, they catch sea worms along the coast line at Seger Beach.

Before the main event last week, locals also held a traditional music contest and cultural parade. “It is a celebration for us who live here, for Princess Mandalika. We are so glad that a lot of people come to the beach, catching ‘Nyale’,” said one of the locals, Inaq Senah.

Lombok Bau Nyale Festival at sunset

Many locals believe that the multi-colored sea worms are the reincarnation of a princess who drowned herself in the sea. Legend has it that Princess Mandalika was so beautiful that princes from every corner of the country wanted to marry her, causing so much strife that Mandalika threw herself into the ocean to bring peace to the island.

The sea worms come in different colours – green, yellowish, and brown – and look shiny under the light. After catching the sea worms, the locals will cook them by smoking them over a BBQ or steaming them, and then eat them. They believe the worms are a symbol of fertility and prosperity.

Mandalika Resort Ready in 2018

 

Mandalika Project Rendering Image for Mandalika Resort Ready in 2018 campaign

Indonesia Tourism Development Coporation (ITDC) says that the huge Mandalika mega-resort will be open for business in 2018. Many think this is an overly optimistic goal for a project so massive in scale.

Date:  September 30, 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) said Thursday that the the mega Mandalika Resort ready in 2018 to welcome tourists by the end of 2018.

 

The development of the 1,200-hectare integrated resort complex started earlier this year with the construction of infrastructure and the breaking of ground for the first hotel.

“We are aiming to complete the construction of 1,200 hotel rooms in Mandalika within the next two years, while speeding up the development of infrastructure in the area at the same time. We will start the operation of this tourist complex by the end of 2018,” said ITDC operational director Ngurah Wirawan.

Developed and managed by the ITDC, Mandalika is expected to replicate the success of Bali’s luxurious tourist complex in Nusa Dua that is operated by the state-owned company. During this early phase of development, four international chain hotels will be built: a Pullman, a Club Med, a Royal Tulip and a Marriott.

Ngurah said during the construction phase, the company planned to organize some events that involved outdoor activities, including a car rally and aero sports competitions like skydiving and paragliding, with the aim of promoting Mandalika as a new attractive destination.

The government has allocated Rp 1.8 trillion (US$138.57 million) to develop Mandalika, which is one of the 10 areas in the archipelago that have been prioritized for tourism development. The government has also granted the area a special economic zone status, which enables investors to get tax and fiscal incentives, as well as other benefits that would make it easier for them to do business.

Telkomsel Installs Mandalika 4G LTE Network

MArketing Image of Novotel area for Telkomsel Installs Mandalika 4G LTE Network

Telkomsel Installs Mandalika 4G LTE Network in effort to boost tourism infrastructure

Date: January 29, 2017
Source: netralnews.com

Telkomsel installs Mandalika 4G LTE network to bolster tourism in the Mandalika Resort special economic zone (SEZ) in Lombok

 

In Lombok investment news, Sukardi Silalahi, Director of Network at Telkomsel Indonesia, said the installation of the latest cellular technology network is part of the company’s network optimizing effort to accommodate the high demand from tourists that actively use communications services while in Mandalika.

The network installment is aimed at supporting the development of Mandalika as one of Indonesia’s 10 priority tourism destinations.

“The presence of high quality telecommunications infrastructure is significantly important in supporting the tourism potential of an area. Therefore, we have hosted quality 4G LTE network to facilitate tourists that want to share and spread Mandalika’s exoticism to the entire world,” Sukardi said, as quoted by Antara.

He expects the availability of 4G LTE service to attract more tourists to visit Mandalika and enjoy the beauty of the area’s beaches. “The efforts we have made is a real manifestation of Telkomsel’s support in developing Indonesia’s tourism industry,” Sukardi said.

Sukardi said that Telkomsel’s 4G LTE service’s scope to Mandalika’s populated areas has almost reached 100%, including areas such as the beaches of Kuta, Serenting, Tanjung Aan, Keluew, and Gerupuk.

Telkomsel’s 4G LTE service has covered a total of more than 70% of Lombok’s populated areas, including Mataram and the tourism area of Senggigi in West Lombok.

He continued that the growth of data users in Lombok area that had doubled last year showed high public demand for quality data service.

“We hope the quality communications service we bring to Lombok and surrounding areas can be greatly used to increase public productivity to accelerate economic growth in the area,” Sukardi said.

Sukardi also said the company optimized its networks in 11 other main destination areas in Indonesia, including Borobudur (Central Java), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), Bromo-Tengger, Semeru (East Java) Kepulauan Seribu (Jakarta), Toba (North Sumatera), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), and Raja Ampat (West Papua), among others.

Telkomsel’s network optimizing includes the construction of new 4G base transceiver station (BTS) units, upgrading of existing BTS units to 4G BTS units, increasing network transmission capacity, and expanding network reach.

The company also routinely monitors the quality of its network, and even operates compact mobile base station units to strengthen the network during the hosting of national and international events in tourism sites.

Lombok Lures Young Malaysians

 

Lombok Traveling Malaysians lured to snorkel in azure blue waters

In 2016, the average age of the 750,000 Lombok traveling Malaysians was 40 years old. Now the younger generation is the focus of a new campaign by the Indonesia Tourism Development Company to lure Malaysians to the azure seas, white sand beaches, and growing tourism facilities Lombok has to offer.

 
Date:  January 31, 2017
Source: The Jakarta Post

Lombok Traveling Malaysians to be lured to West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) as administration cooperates with a Malaysian university to attract younger visitors.

 

The administration will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) in Kuala Lumpur in March. “UPSI will promote Lombok tourism in Malaysia. We hope the cooperation will spark interest among Malaysian students to visit Lombok,” said NTB Tourism Agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal on Monday.

“Most Malaysian tourists are aged above 40.  Now we want to lure the younger generation,” Faozal said. Some 750,000 Malaysian tourists visited Lombok last year, the highest number compared to other nationalities. Over 1.5 million international tourists visited Lombok last year, mostly from Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, according to the NTB Tourism Agency.

UPSI dean of music and arts Zaharul Lailiddin bin Sairon said most young Malaysian tourists visited Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surakarta in Central Java and Bandung in West Java.“We will start with training [for the students] in Lombok in March as an initial step [to help promote Lombok tourism],” Zaharul said.

West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration will cooperate with a Malaysian university to attract young Malaysians to visit Lombok.

 

24 Cruise Ships To Lombok in 2017

 

24 Cruise ships to visit Lombok

24 cruise ships have been confirmed to visit Lombok via Lembar Port during 2017. The passengers are expected to enjoy a one-day trip in several Lombok destinations, NTB Tourism Agency head Lalu Mohammad Faizal told The Jakarta Post on Friday in Mataram.

Date:
Source: Jakarta Post

At least 24 cruise ships to visit Lombok’s Lembar Port in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), throughout 2017 – a 25% increase over last year’s 18 ships.

 

“24 cruise ships have been confirmed to visit Lombok via Lembar Port. The passengers are expected to enjoy a one-day trip in several Lombok destinations,” NTB Tourism Agency head Lalu Mohammad Faizal told The Jakarta Post on Friday in Mataram.

Lalu said the ships that largely originated from European countries and Singapore generally accommodated 3000 to 5000 passengers, which would mean the potential number of foreign tourist arrivals could reach more than 50,000 visitors.

Art and cultural performances have will entertain the tourists while visiting the destination. “Visitors will be greeted with traditional musical dances that we provide at the NTB National Museum and NTB Cultural Park in Mataram,” said Lalu.

State port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II’s Lembar Port general manager Baharuddin said that Volendam cruise ship from the Netherlands had arrived at the port on Tuesday carrying a total of 1,968 passengers and crew.

“The ship docked in Lembar Port from Tuesday morning until night,” he said, adding that the company had welcomed the visitors with Gendang Beleg traditional music performances and local dances.

“Some visitors joined tours provided by travel agents, some others shopped on their own by taxi or charter vehicles,” said Baharuddin. Some of the popular routes visited by the tourists include Sekotong, Kuta Beach in Central Lombok, Mataram Mall, Senggigi, Sukarare weaving art center, Gili Nangu, Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak.

Baharuddin added that cruise ships that visited Lombok usually passed through Komodo Island, Flores, Lombok and then headed to Bali. (kes)

25 Percent More Indonesia Tourists in 2017?

 

A few of the 25 Percent More Indonesia Tourists happily enjoying their trip

Indonesia Travel – the official website of Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry quotes the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, as setting a target of 15 million foreign tourists for the Nation in 2017 – an increase of 25% over 2016.

Date: January 2, 2017
Source: BaliDiscovery.com

Indonesia Sets Ambitious Goal of 25 percent More Indonesia Tourists – 15 Million total foreign tourists for 2017.

 

Indonesia.travel – the official website of Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry quotes the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, setting a target of 15 million foreign tourists for the Nation in 2017 – an increase of 25% over a still-to-be-confirmed 12 million visitors for all of 2016.

National tourism arrivals through the end of October totaled 9.413 million – a number equivalent to year-on-year growth of 9.54%. While that rate of growth applied to total foreign tourist arrivals in 2015 of 10.4 million results in only 11.4 million tourists, Minister Yahya insists that the total number of foreign, visitors when the total forml count is made, will equal 12 million.

The Ministry claims that the tourism sector contributed 11% of the Nation’s GDP in 2016, creating 11.8 million jobs.

“These significant achievements have strengthened Indonesia’s resolve to aim even higher by raising our goals and targets for 2017 to 15 million international arrivals – or a growth rate of 25% – and on to 20 million arrivals in 2019”, said Minister Yahya.

New Lombok Tourist Beaches

 

Salt Waterfall at Nambung Beachl - one of new Lombok tourist beaches being promoted

Nambung Beach near Sekotong in West Lombok, with its spectacular salt water wave waterfall, is one of many new lombok beaches being promoted for tourism

Date:  December 27, 2016
Source:
Tempo.Co

New Lombok tourist beaches in West Nusa Tenggara being developed by the Tourism and Culture Agency.

 

The development of additional beaches for tourists are planned for the areas between Central Lombok and West Lombok as part of a new program to increase tourism on the Island of Lombok.

Mawun beach, Selong Belanak beach, Semeti beach, and Nambung beach are some of the beaches that can be found in the area. In West Lombok, there are Sekotong beach and Mekaki beach.

“We are developing new beaches in the area,” said Head of NTB Tourism and Culture Agency Moh Faozalon Friday. In 2017, the agency receives Rp41.5 billion from NTB regional budget to develop tourism sector.

“We want to meet the target of having 4 million tourists visit the province in 2018,” Faozal said.

In 2016, it is estimated that at least 3 million tourists visit the province and until September 2016, at least 2.5 million tourists visiting the province.

Rp1.9 Trillion State Seaport Expansion

 

One of Seaport Operator ASDP Ferries to benefit from State Seaport Expansion

State-owned seaport operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry has allocated US$140.5 million to finance expansion, new vessel construction and port improvement for Gili Mas, Lembar port in Lombok and 34 other Indonesia seaports.

Date: December 9, 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

State Seaport expansion funded for Lombok’s Gili Mas Lembar Seaport and 35 others.

 

State-owned seaport operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry is allocating Rp 1.9 trillion (US$140.5 million) to finance its expansion plans next year. The firm will spend Rp 577 billion of that amount, about 30 percent, to have vessels of various sizes built locally. Acting ASDP president director Faik Fahmi said that his firm would add 16 ferries to its fleet next year, half of which would be arranged through commercial procurement and half through public procurement. “These sixteen ferries will add to the 139 ships we already have,” Faik said in Surabaya during the recent launch of a new route from Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya to Lembar Port in Lombok.

Apart from that, ASDP will also use the earmarked funds to improve some of its 35 ports.Faik said that his firm would carry out a study to find out which ports most required renovations to enhance passenger facilities. Currently, ASDP operates 195 ASDP crossing routes covering an overall distance of about 40,230 kilometers. Of them, 143 are new passenger routes and the rest are commercial ones.Out of the total, 53 routes are each more than 160 kilometers long. “Starting from early December, the operation of this new Surabaya-Lombok route will bring our [long-distance] routes to total 54,” Faik said.ASDP said it hopes that the twice-weekly Surabaya-Lombok route would become a major revenue-earner as the route is nine hours shorter than the alternatives.

Current land and ferry transportation from East Java’s capital to Lombok normally takes up to 30 hours. This compares to 21 hours by a non-stop ferry that can accommodate 1,000 passengers and 100 trucks. Faik further said that the firm is considering opening a special route to carry trucks. The truck-based transportation business is expanding by 6 to 7 percent each year, making it a large market to tap into. By using a ferry that has an operational cost of Rp 230 million for each trip, the burden on roads from Surabaya to Denpasar and Lombok, which are used by about 300 vehicles per week, could be reduced.

“Currently, a trip from Tanjung Perak to Lembar by road takes a long time and is expensive because they have to cross the strait twice. However, direct transportation by sea will lower the fees,” Budi said. Cheaper logistics rates, which proponents claim would decrease sharply with the new route, are based on the ASDP calculation that 150 of the 1,500 trucks that travel each day from Java to Bali would continue their journeys to Lombok. Meanwhile, the secretary of the Transportation Ministry’s directorate general for land transportation, Hindro Surahmat, said that the government would provide a subsidy to ASDP on special routes, including the Surabaya-Lombok route.

“We would also review other routes, such as the Jakarta-Semarang-Surabaya,” he said, adding that Surabaya-Lembar would nevertheless be the priority for assessment. As ASDP plays a key role in transportation in the eastern part of the archipelago, the government expects the company to enhance the quality of its ferry services there, including to outer islands like from the Natuna Islands in Riau Islands to Papua.

New Lombok Cruise Ship Port

 

Tourism Officials review model and plans for new Lombok cruise ship port

Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, Taufan Rahmadi, said that the Gili Mas Port of Lombok, is targeted to operate in May 2019, will become the largest port area in Eastern Indonesia. This port will be built specifically for giant cruise ships that bring the foreign tourists from various parts of the world to enjoy the beauty of tourism on the island of Lombok.

Date: December 22, 2016
Source: AsiaOne Asia News

Leading Lombok investment news today is the announcement of a new Lombok Cruise Ship Port to be built at Gili Mas near Lembar, in southwest Lombok.

 

State seaport operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) plans to construct Gilimas seaport in Lembar, West Lombok, to serve cruise ships, an executive has said.

Pelindo III’s Lembar chapter general manager Baharuddin said the foundation stone-laying ceremony to mark the start of construction is scheduled for Dec. 22, 2016

“Initially, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo was scheduled to officiate the project. But, due to the President’s tight schedule in December, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony,” Baharuddin was quoted saying on Monday.

The Gilimas seaport will occupy 100 hectares plot of land as part of the extension of the Lembar seaport. “We are targeting that by the second half of 2018, cruise ships will be able to dock at the wharf,” Baharuddin said.

The construction of the seaport will run in four stages with an estimated cost of Rp 1.2 trillion (US$89.50 million), including land acquisition.

Team 10 member of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, Taufan Rahmadi, said that Gili Port of Lombok, which will become the largest port area in Eastern Indonesia, is targeted to operate in May 2019. Rahmadi further explained that this new seaport facility will be specifically designed and constructed to all giant cruise ships which bring the foreign tourists from various parts of the world to enjoy the beauty of tourism on the island of Lombok.

In the meeting, said Taufan, GM Pelindo III advised that from 2015 to 1st semester 2017, the number of cruise ship arrivals is 51 Call. The number of arrivals is relatively small, due to the still high operational costs.

“The main cause is the lack of supporting facilities for cruise ships, this is a challenge that is being overcome by the Pelindo III,” he said.
Taufan confirmed that the reclamation process of 11 hectares of Gili Mas land is currently underway.The construction of Gili Mas Pier, which was done in stages, has now been approved for a 440 meter simultaneous dock construction.

Indonesia Tourism Blooms

 

Local tour boat at white sand beach personfies Indonesia tourism

Indonesia tourism is getting a big boost from the government’s robust new “Wonderful Indonesia” campaign. The objective to reach 20 million tourists by 2019 is equally ambitious, with this year’s target at 12 million and last year’s total 9.73 million. To support these targets, the Asian Development Bank agreed to lend Indonesia US$10 billion over the next five years.


Date:  October 20, 2016
Source:

‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign shows the country in a new light… reveals a still-untapped economic opportunity for Indonesia Tourism

 

Indonesia tourism got another shot in the arm as the government’s ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign (which began in 2011) transforms Indonesian tourism into a vibrant, lucrative, and rapidly growing industry. Alongside national ‘gems’ like the ancient Borobudur Temple, the divers’ haven of Raja Ampat, and the Komodo National Park, a host of new destinations are becoming established – among them Bintan, Maluku, and Lombok.

Tourism is responsible for creating close to 10 million jobs, and last year the government allocated a further Rp.1.3 trillion (US$98.4 million) to promote tourism. That year it contributed 9.6% of total GDP – behind Indonesia’s top earners of oil, gas, coal, and palm oil.

Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya announced that in 2019, tourism would be Indonesia’s biggest foreign exchange earner. By that time, he wants tourism’s contribution to national GDP to have doubled, bringing in US$24 billion annually.

The objective to reach 20 million tourists by 2019 is equally ambitious. This year’s target is 12 million; the total last year was 9.73 million. To support these targets, the Asian Development Bank agreed to lend Indonesia US$10 billion over the next five years.

Business tourism lags behind leisure tourism: in 2014, total business tourists (3.16 million) were half that of leisure tourists (6.27 million). Events like the 39th PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Travel Mart, recently hosted in Greater Jakarta, reflect the potential for business tourism. That event attracted 1358 delegates from 63 countries, and the tourism ministry must work with businesses to bring more events like this to Indonesia in the future.

Business tourism could facilitate the expansion of the hospitality industries, particularly high-class hotels and restaurants (and other venues suitable for conferences and exhibitions). The government recently altered its ‘Negative Investment List’ such that foreign investors have greater access to (and ownership of) strategic businesses – including in the tourism and hospitality industries. Substantial cash injections should boost economic growth, creating more jobs and facilitating more creative enterprise, to ensure Indonesia remains globally competitive.

Travel outside of Bali remains challenging, and the infrastructure is in need of a significant revamp. The government has responded to this increased demand by announcing plans to expand current airports as well as construct new ones. This is an essential strategy: after the upgrade of Labuan Bajo airport, Komodo Island, home of the endangered Komodo dragon, is able to accommodate 1.5 million tourists annually (before, the number was 150,000).

Lombok and Halal tourism

 

Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara, is also in the midst of a significant transformation. Mandalika Resort in Lombok is a vast complex being developed by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the state-owned company responsible for the Nusa Dua complex in Bali.

The government has allocated Rp.1.8 trillion (US$138.57 million) to develop Mandalika. Mandalika is now a special economic zone (SEZ), which means investors will be granted tax and fiscal incentives, as well as other business-related benefits; a factor which will undoubtedly encourage the proliferation of hotels, restaurants and bars over the next few years, as well as better and stronger infrastructure. According to the ITDC, it will be ready by 2018.

However, Lombok is becoming known for a different reason. At the 2015 World Halal Travel Summit and Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, Lombok was recognised as the World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination and Halal Honeymoon Destination.

Halal tourism is a growing sector, given the increasing number of Muslim tourists, and as the world’s most populous Muslim country Indonesia is strongly positioned to exploit that industry. The government has officially listed West Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatra and Aceh as Halal tourism destinations.

The government announced it would be targeting more Arab tourists, particularly from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the largest tourism contributor to Indonesia from the Middle East, with 147,074 visits in 2014. It was recently added to the list of countries for which visa entry is no longer required. The government also signed agreements with key Gulf airlines, including Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines, to increase the frequency of direct flights to the archipelago.

Given Indonesia’s determined promotion of tourism, economic opportunity is rife and investors should be aware.

Lombok Land Investors Arrive

 

Lombok land investors relax on a white sand beach with turquoise waters

Lombok investment is soaring as the Indonesian government increasingly throws its weight behind Lombok. The new Lombok International Airport (“BIL”), hundreds of millions of $USD in capital improvements already invested in the island with many more millions $USD slated, the Mandalika Resort mega project in Kuta coming of age, many infrastructure improvements completed and more planned are just a few of the reasons. White sand beaches, unspoiled natural beauty and a short 20 minute plane flight from Bali also herald ripe territory for Lombok investors – especially in the Kuta and the south of the island.

Date: May 5, 2016
Source: HauteResidence.com

Lombok investement news:  Affordable land, a rapidly growing infrastructure and an exploding tourism market have put Lombok on the radar for Lombok land investors.

 

Just a few years ago, exploring the Indonesian island of Lombok, Bali’s eastern neighbor, took a lot of time and patience. You could travel by boat several hours across the Lombok Straits, and there were also a limited number of flights––a quick 25 minutes in the air and often half a day of travel with airport delays, traffic, and potholed roads that taxis shared with horse-drawn carts, goats, and the occasional wedding procession.

But things have changed. The Indonesian government has thrown its weight behind Lombok, building a new international airport and investing $200 million in infrastructure. And with more of the island now accessible to visitors, developers have set their sights on Lombok’s south coast, where affordable land and increasing tourism offer promising investment potential.

Lombok land investors relaxing in turquoise water at Kuta white sand beach

Virgin white-sand beaches, land prices only a fraction of Bali’s, and the new Madalika Resorts mega project are just the tip of the iceberg diving investors from the crowded and competitive Bali market to nearby Lombok – a stone’s throw to the east. Investors are waking up to Lombok’s investment potential and making fistfuls of cash in the process.

“Right now land prices are a fraction of Bali’s,” says Tobi Doeringer, co-founder of Hong Kong-based development company Private Sanctuary who is developing home sites in Lombok. “On a prime plot of land, you can buy and build a villa for $400,000. In Bali, you pay over $1.5 million.”

While the market’s formative years were characterized by speculative land banking of uncertified hillsides and to a lesser extent, beachfront land, today, reputable developers in Lombok ensure the clearing of land titles and conduct a thorough pre-purchase review. They are also likely to know about the government’s latest plans for infrastructure development, the timeline for a new road, or the extension of fiber optic cables.

The first region to benefit from the new airport and new highway has been the area around Kuta, a village on the southern coast known for its powdery white sand beaches, mountain ranges, and surfing. Previously difficult for visitors to access, Kuta is now reached in 30 minutes via a new highway from the airport. Developments currently under construction include The Mandalika Resort––a large-scale, master-planned resort being developed by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation and the Indonesian government––a Club Med, a Pullman, and a Novotel.

And while prices remain well below Bali’s, they are rising steadily. In 2015, prices across the board were up 10 to 20 percent year-on-year and 300 percent over the four-year period from 2011, says Stewart Strong, managing director at Elite Havens property agency in Lombok. “As the market matures, sizes are coming down, and prices are going up,” he says.

So far, Strong says growth has been focused in certain pockets where localized infrastructure and developments are being constructed. The Mandalika Resort, for example, served as a catalyst for overall market growth in Kuta. Now, other catalyst projects are paving the way for further development, including Selong Selo, a luxury villa project in Selong Belanak.

Indonesia Foreign Property Ownership Laws Change

 

Condo under constrcution as Indonesia property ownership laws change

Minimum prices for expat property ownership under the Right To Use (“Hak Paki”) ownership title under Indonesia law were changed recently by the Indonesia government.

Minimum prices revised for Indonesia foreign property ownership.

In 2015 the Indonesian government decided to allow foreigners to “own” luxurious apartments and landed houses under the extended “right of use” category (as opposed to the much stronger “right of ownership” category). However, the government set minimum property prices – and rather high ones – in order to protect the Indonesian people in the property market as there were concerns that foreigners would buy a high amount of houses and apartments if they would be allowed to buy the cheaper property units.

The latest revision sets higher minimum prices for expats who want to buy landed houses in Yogyakarta, Bali and North Sumatra. Meanwhile, the minimum price for apartments in Banten has also been raised. Only the minimum price for the purchase (by expats) of apartments in Jakarta has been reduced in a bid to attract property purchases.

Table 1 - showing new Indonesia foreign property ownership laws

Table showing new minimum values for houses and apartments purchased by expatriot buyers under Hak Pakai (Right To Use) Title in nine “zones” of Indonesia

Lombok Airport Expansion

Lombok Airport Expansion

Angkasa Pura, the state airport operator for Bandara International Lombok Airport (“BIL”) plans to spend almost $USD 6 million to expand the Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara. The expansion of the runway and apron will add parking for 2 additional jets at the airport.

Date: October 13, 2016
Source: Jakarta Post

Ankasa Pura budgets Rp 78 Billion for Lombok Airport expansion.

 

State airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I has allocated more than Rp 78 billion (US$5.99 million) to expand Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara, an executive said on Wednesday.

“At the moment, there is a tender process for the construction project,” PT Angkasa Pura I LIA general manager I Gusti Ngurah Ardita said Wednesday.

The expansion of the apron will add two more aircraft parking sites, bringing the number of parking sites to 12.

“So, it will be easier for the airport to open new routes in the future,” Ardita said.

Currently, the airport is communicating with some Australian airlines regarding the possibility of opening international flights from Lombok.

Ardita said the apron expansion was made to anticipate a growing number of passengers and as a follow up of the appointment of the Lombok airport as a haj embarkation point.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Mandalika Water Plant on Track

 

Mandalika Water Plant

Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno (third left) monitors the development of clean water installations at the Mandalika. NTB administration regional secretary Rosiadi H Sayuti (second right), Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) president director Abdulbar M. Mansoer (second left), ITDC development director Edwin Darmasetiawan (left) and ITDC finance director Jatmiko K.Santosa (right) accompanied the minister on the visit.(Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

Date: October 9, 2016
Source: Jakarta Post

New Mandalika Water Plant reverse-osmosis desalinization installation is proceeding on schedule

 

In anticipation of the growing water needs of the huge Mandalika Resort project, a new Clean Water Plant is now under construction in Kuta, Lombok.  The new plant will supply water to both the Mandalika Resort mega-resort and the local community.

In other new, ownership claims by local residents to 135 hectares of land inside the Mandalika special economic zone (KEK) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), pose a challenge to investment in the designated tourism area.

“The 135 ha of land those people have laid claims to and that have not yet been cleared by developers are spread over 31 points, most of them strategic locations along coastlines. This is one of the obstacles to investment the development director of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Edwin Darmasetiawan, said on Thursday.

ITDC, a state-owned enterprise, handles the development of the KEK Mandalika, which covers an area of 1,171 ha.

Edwin stressed that ITDC, since 2008, held legal evidence as the holder of a land-use permit for the entire 1,171-ha area, in the form of a capital injection decree issued by the Finance Ministry.

He said ITDC had coordinated with the NTB administration to solve the problem. A team set up by the administration would collect data on land people had claimed. A string of meetings had brought together representatives of NTB and the Central Lombok administrations and the people.

“They agreed solutions on land disputes in several points during the meetings but no solution has been achieved yet in around 13 points, most of which are located in potential investment locations.”  Edwin said ITDC and the NTB administration had sent a letter on the problem to State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Lombok Sporting Events Tourism

 

Smiling Bicycle Riders Enjoying Lombok Sporting Events Tourism

After the successful 2016 GNFY Indonesia bicycle marathon on Sunday, Lombok’s potential as an international sports tourism destination has been elevated said NTB tourism and cultural agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal. 600 cyclists, including 200 foreigners and 400 Indonesians from 31 countries participated in the event.

Date:  October 3, 2016
Source: Jakarta Post

More Lombok sporting events tourism coming to the Island.

 

Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is considered to have potential as an international sports tourism destination following the successful Grand Fondo New York (GNFY) Indonesia 2016 bicycle marathon on Sunday. “In addition to being a home to many tourist attractions, Lombok and NTB in general have very developed infrastructure, particularly for bicycle races,” NTB tourism and cultural agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal told The Jakarta Post during the race in Senggigi, West Lombok, on Sunday. Around 600 cyclists from 31 countries participated in the event, comprising around 200 foreigners and 400 Indonesians.

From the starting point at the Santosa Senggigi Hotel, the cyclists passed along the 80- and 180-kilometer routes, which included some tourist attractions in West Lombok, Central Lombok and North Lombok, before heading back to the hotel, also the location of the race’s finish line. (Read also: Bintan set to become sports tourism destination)Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo celebrates his success after finishing the race on Oct. 2 in West Lombok.(JP/Panca Nugraha)Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and NTB Governor M. Zainul Majdi also joined the race. Ganjar, who participated in the 180-kilometer marathon, even successfully finished among the top five with 4.5 hours.

“The track is spectacular. The road is smooth and there are many interesting attractions to see; it has very good tourism potential for NTB,” said Ganjar.The event serves as the world’s first cycle marathon of the GFNY series in Indonesia. Other hosts for this year’s GFNY are Mont Ventoux in France, Mexico City in Mexico, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Cozumel in Mexico, Uruguay and Colombia. The peak of the event will be held in New York, the US, on May 21, 2017.

Higher Indonesia Visitor Counts Pledged

Minister of Tourism says "higher Indonesia Visitor Counts"

Bali, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, says that government officials cannot sleep until they boost Indonesia visitor numbers to equal or exceed those of neighboring countries like Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

 
Date: October 2, 2016
Source: Bali News

Bali Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya says higher Indonesia visitor counts must be achieved.

 

Speaking in Bali, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, has declared that the government, tourism professionals and the nation’s younger generation must not pause to rest until the number of tourism visitors to Indonesia exceed totals achieved by Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

The Minister’s remarks were made at Bali’s Tourism Academy (STP) in Nusa Dua, Bali on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

As reported in Lombok investment news, Yahya told hundreds of STP graduates that “no one should sleep” before Indonesia welcomes more tourist visitors than Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

“You cannot sleep before you defeat Malaysian and Thailand. Indonesian tourism has been asleep for too long. Now, we must awake and not slumber again until we defeat Malaysia and Thailand. If we do sleep, we will be left far behind, even though Indonesia is a great country with great potential,” said Yahya.

The Minister continued to say that the younger generation needs to understand Indonesia’s weaknesses in the tourism industry. Armed with the knowledge of our own deficiencies, said Yahya, Indonesia must also study the weaknesses of its “enemies and competitors.”

The Minister outlined Indonesia’s main weakness in the field of tourism as a lack of promotion in comparison to its neighboring competitors.

While Indonesia is struggling to achieve 12 million foreign tourist arrivals, neighboring competitors have achieved much larger totals such as Malaysia (27 million), Thailand (25 million) and Singapore (20 million).

The Minister lamented that Thailand is promoting itself as “the Bali of Asia.” Adding, “this is very painful to Indonesia.”

The Minister said Indonesia earns US$10 billion from tourism, with Bali contributing 40% of this amount. Meanwhile, Malaysia earns US$ 30 billion from its 27 million visitors.

Yahya explained that his Ministry is now promoting the branding of “Wonderful Indonesia” around the world.

Target: 25% Indonesia Tourism Growth

 

Tourism Minister I Gede Pitana - forecasting 25% Indonesia tourism growth

Speaking at the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), Tourism Ministry Deputy for International Tourism Development, I Gede Pitana, is optimistic that the 12 million foreign tourists target 2016 will be achieved with 3 million more (15 million) in 2017.

 
Date: October 2, 2016
Source: Bali News

Indonesia Tourism Minister targets 25% Indonesia tourism growth and 15 million foreign Indonesia tourists in 2017

 

The Deputy for International Tourism Development of the Tourism Ministry, I Gde Pitana, says he is optimistic that the 12 million foreign tourists targeted for 2016 will be achieved and a further 3 million tourists will come in 2017.

Pitana speaking at the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday, September 27, 2106, said: “The performance of arriving foreign tourists to Indonesia achieved 6.23 million by the end of July. This total, represents 53% or half of the target of 12 million foreign tourist arrivals for this year. We are certain that by year’s end the target will be achieved. We wish to increase a further 3 million tourists so that in 2017 we will welcome 15 million tourists.”

Pitana said that in order to achieve the targeted goals for foreign tourist arrivals the government has a number of strategies in place, including an international branding campaign for Indonesian tourism.

The Ministry is also supporting a number of festivals across the country and conducting familiarization trips for journalist and blogger visits to increase editorial coverage of Indonesia.

The Ministry is also organizing participation at major travel shows abroad to promote national tourism. The Ministry has already confirmed their participation at a number of major travel shows including: JATA (Jepang), SATTE (India), ITB Berlin (Germany) and ATM Dubai (UAW).[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Garuda Eyes Larger Lombok Jets

Garuda Airlines intends to fly larger Lombok jets - like the Boeing 373 NG shown here

Garuda intends to fly larger Jets to Lombok, like this Boeing 737 NG with 162 seats, in order to service increasing inter-island flight demand.

Date: September 25, 2016
Source: Bali News

Garuda Indonesia considers larger Lombok jets on Bali to Lombok runs to accommodate growing passenger demand.

 

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Dasep M. Suanda, manager for Garuda in West Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, said, “If it is indeed possible, we will replace the ATR aircraft with a capacity of 70 passengers with larger plans that can carry up to 200 passengers.”

The Garuda manager said that from an operational and economic standpoint, it is better to increase seat capacity than to add new flight frequencies. This is particularly the case at airports such as Bali where new flight slots are in high demand.

Dasep explained that Garuda Indonesia flies between Lombok and Bali three times a day using ATR aircraft with 70 seats and Boeing 737 NG with 162 seats.

Garuda has achieved an average occupancy of 72% over the period January – August 2016.

Adding a cautionary note, Dasep added: “Adding more seats is still only a plan. We must first examine the demand. If the demand is strong, we will increase. If demand is low, why add seats?”

The deputy-governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), H Muhammad Amin, has voice his desire for the national flag carrier to support tourism by adding new destination and new domestic air routes in his province. Amin bemoaned the fact that Citilink has recently ceased flying from Bandung to Lombok, and for this reason, his hope is for new flight services to be commenced to NTB.

Lombok Halal Tourism Expansion

 

Muslim Tourists Indonesia decision to expand Lombok Halal Tourism

Indonesia “will focus its efforts to brand the Mandalika Resort as a Halal tourism destination by actively taking part in related annual international competitions” the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, Riyanto said, adding that it will take part in the upcoming 2016 World Halal Tour Awards scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in December.

Date:  September 22, 2016
Source: IOL News

Indonesia Ministry of Tourism unveils plans to focus on Lombok Halal Tourism after winning the 2015 Halal Tour Destination Award competition. “We recorded a 50 percent tourist visit growth in Lombok since obtaining the award.”

 

Jakarta – The Indonesian government planned to further develop halaal tour, in a bid to woo foreign visitors as the country set a target of receiving 20 million tourists by 2019.

Halaal tour, or Muslim-friendly tour, was expected to contribute 5 million foreign tourist visits to Indonesia by 2019, Head of Halal Tour Acceleration Development Team at Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry Riyanto Sofyan said.

The government would further develop halaal tour branding by actively taking part in related annual international competitions, Riyanto said, adding that the ministry has selected several candidates to take part in the upcoming 2016 World Halal Tour Awards scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in December this year

“The strategy to develop halaal tour was by focusing efforts to score victories in international competition. Only then it would further boost the branding and the good results can be seen shortly,” Riyanto told a press conference to announce winners of national halaal tour competition in various categories.

Part of the winners would be nominated to vie in the upcoming world class halaal tour competition in Abu Dhabi, he added.

Indonesia’s Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province won Halal Tour Destination Award from the same competition last year, Riyanto said, adding that since then significant tourist visit improvement was seen in Lombok.

“We recorded a 50 percent tourist visit growth in Lombok since obtaining the award,” Riyanto added. Even though halal tour was defined as Muslim-friendly tour destination, hospitality and accommodation, it also attracts conventional tourists as well, he added. According to Riyanto Halal tour promises significant business potentials as tourists identified to spend their vacation in halaal tour packages reached 120 million people worldwide with total spending of $142-billion last year.

With orchestrated efforts to develop its tourism sector, Indonesia expected to earn $24-billion from tourism by 2019.

The government would further develop halaal tour branding by actively taking part in related annual international competitions, Riyanto said, adding that the ministry has selected several candidates to take part in the upcoming 2016 World Halal Tour Awards scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in December this year

“The strategy to develop halal tour was by focusing efforts to score victories in international competition. Only then it would further boost the branding and the good results can be seen shortly,” Riyanto told a press conference to announce winners of national halaal tour competition in various categories.

 Part of the winners would be nominated to vie in the upcoming world class halaal tour competition in Abu Dhabi, he added.

Indonesia’s Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province won Halal Tour Destination Award from the same competition last year, Riyanto said, adding that since then significant tourist visit improvement was seen in Lombok.

“We recorded a 50 percent tourist visit growth in Lombok since obtaining the award,” Riyanto added. Even though halal tour was defined as Muslim-friendly tour destination, hospitality and accommodation, it also attracts conventional tourists as well, he added. According to Riyanto Halal tour promises significant business potentials as tourists identified to spend their vacation in halaal tour packages reached 120 million people worldwide with total spending of $142-billion last year.

With orchestrated efforts to develop its tourism sector, Indonesia expected to earn $24-billion from tourism by 2019.

The Indonesian government plans to woo more Muslim visitors as it sets a target of receiving 20 million tourists by 2019.

Jakarta – The Indonesian government planned to further develop halaal tour, in a bid to woo foreign visitors as the country set a target of receiving 20 million tourists by 2019.

Halaal tour, or Muslim-friendly tour, was expected to contribute 5 million foreign tourist visits to Indonesia by 2019, Head of Halal Tour Acceleration Development Team at Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry Riyanto Sofyan said.

The government would further develop halaal tour branding by actively taking part in related annual international competitions, Riyanto said, adding that the ministry has selected several candidates to take part in the upcoming 2016 World Halal Tour Awards scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in December this year

“The strategy to develop halaal tour was by focusing efforts to score victories in international competition. Only then it would further boost the branding and the good results can be seen shortly,” Riyanto told a press conference to announce winners of national halaal tour competition in various categories.

 Part of the winners would be nominated to vie in the upcoming world class halaal tour competition in Abu Dhabi, he added.

Indonesia’s Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province won Halal Tour Destination Award from the same competition last year, Riyanto said, adding that since then significant tourist visit improvement was seen in Lombok.

“We recorded a 50 percent tourist visit growth in Lombok since obtaining the award,” Riyanto added. Even though halal tour was defined as Muslim-friendly tour destination, hospitality and accommodation, it also attracts conventional tourists as well, he added. According to Riyanto Halal tour promises significant business potentials as tourists identified to spend their vacation in halaal tour packages reached 120 million people worldwide with total spending of $142-billion last year.

With orchestrated efforts to develop its tourism sector, Indonesia expected to earn $24-billion from tourism by 2019.

4 New Mandalika Resort Hotels

 

Four New Mandalika Resort Hotels

The massive new Mandalika Resort development plan sprawls over 1,200 hectares of land, with 7.5 kilometers of beaches and ocean frontage. Four new Mandalika Resort Hotels have been announced and more are coming as the project finally gains traction and begins to remake the face of Kuta, Lombok.

Date:  16 December 2015
Source:  Deal Street Asia

 Accor to begin construction of Lombok Pullman Hotel – one of four new Mandalika Resort hotels to be built.

 

The French hotel operator is one of four investors that have announced plans to build five-star hotels in Mandalika, The Jakarta Post reported. The three others are Jiva Samudera Biru (JSB), French-based hotel chain Club Med and Lee International from South Korea.

State-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) confirmed that AccorHotels and Club Med had signed contracts, while the two others had only signed memorandums of understanding (MoU), the report added.

“We are really trying to get the ones who signed MOUs to also build the hotels and for JSB to cooperate with Intercontinental to operate the hotel,” ITDC director for business and development Edwin Darmasetiawan said, adding that JSB was planning to build two hotels. Edwin said JSB would also build a convention center for an undisclosed investment sum. Development of the hotels, apart from the Pullman one, is slated to start next year and finish within two-and-a-half years.

Construction of the Pullman hotel is estimated to cost around Rp 400 billion ($28.75 million), set to come from the company’s own funds.

The Mandalika Resort, located in the southern part of Lombok island, is a 20-minute drive from Lombok International Airport (LOP). It boasts 7.5 kilometers of Indian Ocean beaches that offer diving, snorkeling and fishing sites.

ITDC, which was assigned by the government to develop the area in 2008 and granted the right to manage around 1,035 hectares of land, claimed to make it easier for investors to acquire land-use rights.

Edwin previously said the area would feature hotels, a marina, a golf course, villas and a convention hall.

The development of the area is part of the government’€™s efforts to boost foreign tourist arrivals to 20 million per year by 2019 from around 10 million annual visits at present.

ITDC president director Abdulbar M Mansoer said the company was planning to have 20 starred hotels built within 20 years.  ‘€œWe have four five-stars hotels for the start, and we have prepared for the infrastructure,’€ he said.

Apart from hotels, the ITDC revealed that it had entered into cooperation with US-based company EBD Bauer to convert seawater into clean water in a bid to improve access to clean water to the area.

The estimated total cost required for the whole Mandalika infrastructure is Rp 2.1 trillion.  So far, the firm has built 4 km of roads in the Tanjung Aan area.

Meanwhile, Kalla, who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony, called for faster development of the special economic zone.
He stated that infrastructure development in the area, such as airport and water access, had improved compared to the situation around 25 years ago.

‘€œSo I ask to expedite the development,’€ he said, as quoted by the Antara news agency.  He also added that the conditions in Mandalika were better compared to the initial development of Nusa Dua, Bali, in the past. Kalla was accompanied by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, among others.

 

Club Med Lombok Announced

 

The new Club Med Lombok to be built at A'an Bay, Lombok

Club Med announced plans to open their 350 room Club Med Lombok. Spanning over a 15 hectare site with 650 meters of ocean frontage, the refined “5 Trident Luxury Space” will offer dedicated concierge and personalized services for suite guests. The resort will feature restaurants serving international cuisine, bars serving free-flow drinks and alcoholic beverages, Kids’ Club facilities, MICE facilities, an over 50 activities within the resort.

Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced plans to open Club Med Lombok, the third resort in Indonesia following Club Med Bali and Club Med Bintan Island.

 

Situated in the tranquil waters and abundant nature of Lombok, the new island resort offers families, couples, and corporate groups an exotic and eventful holiday experience filled with authentic and rich discoveries.

The announcement of the new property was made on Tuesday 6 September, with the CEO and President of Club Med, Mr Henri Giscard d’Estaing, flying into Club Med Bali to reveal the exciting news to selected guests and media.

Creating growth opportunities in Mandalika Lombok

 

Club Med expects to cultivate and drive a huge impact to the region with the opening of the brand new resort. “In present day, Club Med has received over 80,000 guests on an annual basis, from more than 30 nationalities to Club Med Bali and Bintan Island,” shared Mr. Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med.

“We foresee Club Med Lombok to receive a high volume of international attention and clients, and raise global awareness for Lombok as a premium holiday destination. The opening of this resort will also directly create over 350 jobs locally, contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.”

Partnership with Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)

 

Working in partnership with ITDC, Club Med commits to managing and operating the upscale resort as part of a concentrated effort to bring in more visitors to Indonesia. Taking into account various qualities such as diverse and unique cultures, exceptional nature and a keen sense of hospitality, Indonesia’s tourism industry exhibits vast growth potential, having grown at an average of seven per cent per year since 2010 and targeted to surpass 10 million visitors in 2016.

Historically, Club Med has actively sought and developed resorts in then undiscovered gems, such as Cancun, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and more.

Having worked with the government for 30 years since the launches of the first two resorts in Indonesia, Club Med is the first international operator to recognise the possibilities in Indonesian destinations.

The beautiful island of Lombok is part of a development plan, the Mandalika project, an initiative launched by the Indonesian government and ITDC to groom and cultivate the Mandalika into a new world class luxury ecotourism destination.

With over 40 years of experience in managing and developing a world-class tourism destination that is Nusa Dua, ITDC has already started delivering on the next prestigious development in the Mandalika with the aim of recreating the same global success that all the visitors are continuing to enjoy in Bali, Nusa Dua. The new destination will offer a unique experience that is different from other locations around the world. Located in the southern part of Lombok Island with more than 16 kilometres of sparkling white sandy beach, the Mandalika has been designed as an ecotourism destination from the offset, incorporating Clean Solar Cell Energy, Water Desalination Plants, and keeping over 51 per cent of the resort as an open ‘Green Space’, which will not only maintain and protect the natural beauty of the Mandalika scenery but also enhance the life and culture of the local people.

A “contemporary nature-inspired resort with a lively atmosphere”

 

Spanning over a preserved site of 15 hectares with 650 metres of pristine aquamarine waters with powdery white sand, the new Club Med Lombok offers guests a plethora of sea activities, such as snorkelling, surfing, diving and more.

Guests to the new eco-chic designed resort will be able to enjoy:

  • 350 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types of travellers, from superior to suite,
  • A refined 5 Trident Luxury Space offering dedicated concierge and personalised services for suite guests,
  • Restaurants serving international cuisine or offering “a la carte” menus with unparalleled view of the ocean,
  • Bars serving free-flow drinks and alcoholic beverages,
  • Kids’ Club facilities and dedicated services for ages two to 12,
  • MICE facilities for companies seeking a professional yet unconventional & exceptional retreat for their employees,
  • And over 50 activities within the resort, including opportunities to discover the beauteous culture and nature of Lombok Island.

Highly accessible with direct flights to the newly constructed Lombok International Airport for international and domestic guests, Club Med Lombok is a mere 30-minute drive away.

Lombok is a well-preserved island located east of Bali with fine destinations in the south, such as Mandalika. Blessed with over 16 kilometres of stunning natural landscapes and the rich culture of Indonesia, it is the ideal retreat for weary city dwellers and worldly travellers who seek an escape from the hectic schedule of city life. Guests at Club Med Lombok can look forward to reclining on the serene shores, or immersing themselves into the traditions and ways of exotic Indonesia.

Lombok Mandalika Halal Tourism

 

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Mosque desing to increase Mandalika Halal Tourism

Groundbreaking ceremony of the Mandalika Grand Mosque in Central Lombok. Gearing up for construction, the state Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, State-owned tourism company PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) president director Abdulbar M. Mansoer and West Nusa Tenggara administration officials attend the groundbreaking ceremony in Kuta, Lombok.

Date: September 12, 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

Economic Zone Expected to Boost Mandalika Halal Tourism

 

State-owned tourism company PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) president director Abdulbar M.Mansoer said the development of the Mandalika special economic zone (KEK), including its grand mosque, in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), would hopefully boost tourism in the province.

“For the Mandalika tourism area, this mosque is really strategic to support the halal tourism destination concept along with the NTB administration’s tourism program,” he said on the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony for the development of Mandalika Grand Mosque inside the KEK Mandalika complex on Saturday.

Abdulbar said the Mandalika Grand Mosque would cost an estimated Rp 28 billion (US$2.11 million) to build. The mosque would adopt the building model of the old Bayan Beleq mosque in North Lombok and have an environmentally friendly building concept, with a total visitor capacity of 2,000.

“This is part of our role to help preserve the culture and historic heritage of the Lombok people,” he said about the mosque, which is to be built on a five-hectare plot of land.

In 2015, the Mandalika special economic zone currently being built by ITDC on 1,175 hectares received Rp 250 billion from the government to start the development of basic infrastructure facilities inside the area.

Abdulbar said ITDC was currently developing a 11-kilometer road for access, a clean water treatment facility using seawater reverse osmosis technology to fulfill the water needs of Mandalika hotels in the future.

“We are also preparing 60 hectares of land for the development of a solar-powered electricity plant ” he said, adding that PLTS Mandalika would hopefully start operating in 2017.

Pelindo III: New Lombok Cruise Port

 

New Lombok cruise port will allow ships like these to dock

State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) will build a new deep water port allowing large cruise ships to directly disembark passengers. In addition to cruise ship docking the new port will have container cargo loading/unloading facilities. Pelindo III expects to finish the new port by 2018.

Date: September 6, 2016
Source: Tempo.Co

State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) will soon build a new Lombok cruise port in West Nusa Tenggara.

 

State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) will soon build a new port in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, called Gili Mas New Port, located not far from Lembar Port. Cruise ships are expected to dock at the port by 2018.

This year alone, 13 cruise ship have visited Lembar Port,” Public Relations Manager of PT Pelindo III Edi Priyanto told Tempo at his office, Monday, September 5, 2016.

In 2016, some 18 cruise ships are scheduled to dock at Lembar Port. West Lombok has seen an upward trend of cruise ship arrivals year over year. “We expect to see a high number of cruise ship passenger arrivals this year. Many ships will arrive directly from Australia,” Edi said.

Therefore, the Gili Mas New Port construction is imperative to meet the need for passenger services. Previously, passengers of cruise ships docking at Lombok must be carried by boats to reach the shore because Lembar Port has a depth of less than -10 LWS (Low Water Spring).

Unlike the Lembar Port, Gili Mas Port has -16 to -18 LWS depth, allowing large cruise ships to directly disembark the passengers. “Aside from passenger terminal, we will also build a container terminal.”

Pelindo III expects to commence the new port construction by year-end and to complete it by 2018. Pelindo is currently in the process of acquiring 50 hectares of land of the total requirement of 100 hectares. “The investment value reaches Rp1 trillion,” Edi said.

33 Million Indonesia Tourists by 2019!

 

33 Million Indonesia Tourists

Bali’s Plaza Garuda at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is a ± 60 ha area located in Ungasan, Badung Regency, about 15 minutes drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. With a future plan of ±120-meter tall and 64-meter width statue of Garuda Wisnu as its main attraction, GWK Cultural Park boasts one of the largest artistic masterpiece and most astonishing works of arts ever created in Indonesia’s art history which reflects the strong values of one of Indonesia’s inherited local cultures.

Date:  December 13, 2015
Source:  IndonesiaInvestements.com

Indonesia government sets 33 million Indonesia tourists as the new goal for 2019

 

Although the Indonesian government’s target of welcoming 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 seems highly ambitious given that Indonesia may fail to achieve its target of seeing 10 million foreign visitor arrivals in 2015, several analysts claim that this target is too low. They believe that the target should be raised to 33 million foreign visitors, earning USD $40 billion in foreign exchange, hence replacing crude palm oil as the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. However, this new target would only be possible if the government is serious about developing its 10 designated tourist destinations.

 

Java's Borobudur Temple

One of Indonesia’s most famous tourist attractions, Candi Borobudur (Borobudur Temple) is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is both the world’s largest Buddhist temple and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms (six square and three circular) topped by a central dome and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.

 

These ten designated tourist centers (see table below) are selected by the Indonesian government as they are considered to have considerable growth potential. The government will organize international events and engage in advertisement campaigns to promote these ten destinations. Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said these destinations should support foreign visitor arrivals to reach 12 million in 2016. However, the minister added that infrastructure needs to be improved in and around these locations.

Table showing 10 Indonesia government designated tourist centers

Table showing the Indonesia government’s ten designated tourist destinations that it plans to promote in the hope of attracting 33 Million Indonesia Tourists by year 2019.

Three institutions – Indef, Kenta Institute and the Indonesia Tourism Industry Board (GIPI) – claim that Indonesia should be able to attract 33 million foreign visitors by 2019 as the country offers more to the tourist market than any other ASEAN member country, including Thailand and Malaysia. Indonesia is much larger, has more tourist objects, a more diverse cultural composition, plenty of historic and religious remnants, and beautiful and a wide variety of natural scenery.

 However, in order to attract 33 million foreign tourists by 2019, these three institutions say at least three requirements have to be met. Firstly, the government has to enhance intra- and inter island connectivity around the ten designated tourist centers. For example, runways have to be extended as they are currently too short to serve larger airplanes. Moreover, operation hours of these local airports have to be extended as they currently close at 17:00 pm. Secondly, passenger and cargo terminals (sea transportation) have to be built separately. Thirdly, there should be direct international flights from and to these ten designated tourist centers (implying there have to be immigration services as well).

 

Foreign Tourist Arrivals 2013-2015

Foreign Tourist Arrivals 2013-2015

Eric Alexander Sugandi, analyst at the Kenta Institute, stated that apart from improving infrastructure, local services and skills also need to be improved in order to satisfy foreign tourists. For example, hotel management, skills of hotel staff and guides (including foreign language skills), as well as taxi services.


Source: Statistics Indonesia (BPS)

Indonesia at Madrid FITUR Expo

 

The Madrid FITUR 2016 full of vistiors at its International Tourism Expo

The international tourism trade fair, Fitur, which takes place annually at the Ifema trade fair in the centre of Madrid, has become one of the biggest tourism fairs worldwide and No. 1 on the Iberian Peninsula. In “National Pavilions”, the particularities of regions are presented to visitors of the fair, mainly consisting of decision-makers in the tourism industry, such as travel agencies and tourism associations. The fair is considered the most important gateway to the Latin American market. The event serves as a global communication platform for developing future strategies taking into account the changes in consumer demand and international tourism promotion.

 
Date:  Fri, January 29, 2016
Source:  TheJakartaPost.com

Lombok tourism to increase as Indonesia joins Madrid FITUR Tourism Expo and promotes 10 destinations outside Bali

 

The Indonesian pavilion at the Feria International Turismo (FITUR) exhibition in Madrid, Spain, attracted more than 1,000 daily visitors and secured about 300 transactions from Jan. 20 to 24. The visitors were said to have revealed interest in the 10 tourist destinations highlighted at the pavilion, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, the Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Mandalika in South Lombok, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi and Morotai in North Maluku.

Interesting events such as Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival performances, local coffee tasting and a sweepstakes with prizes that included a trip to Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan were also presented to attract more visitors.

FITUR is reportedly the world’s third biggest international tourism exhibition after the Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) Berlin and London World Travel Market. Up to 165 countries, 9,605 tour operators and 711 companies joined this year’s event, which was visited by more than 231,000 people.

Mandalika Resort Development

 

Mandalika Resort development model inspected by government officials

A model of the new Mandalika Resort mega-development is reviewed and discussed by Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla (third right), who received an explanation by Tourism Development Director of PT Indonesia (Persero) or Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Abdulbar M. Mansoer (second right), about plans for tourism development at Mandalika during the inauguration of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Mandalika in Kuta, Central Lombok. President Joko Widowo (“Jokowi”) has publicly pledged the full support of his office to the rapid development and completion of the Mandalika Resort project.

 
Date: December 14, 2015
Source: Anatara News

Accelerated completion of the Mandalika Resort Development in Kuta, Lombok will help speed economic growth in the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

After recording sluggish progress since its opening in October 2011, the development of the Mandalika resort which has recently attained the status of a “Special Economic Zone” (SEZ) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, will be expedited.

Reviewing the development of the Mandalika Tourism SEZ in Central Lombok over the weekend, Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla stated that the local communities should be trained in hospitality skills, such as service with a smile and also about maintaining cleanliness. Kalla noted that tourist attractions in various regions in the country have drawn several foreign tourists, but innovation is the key to attracting more investment.

“Tourism is the easiest means to attract investment as it does not require huge capital,” Kalla said, adding that the main capital given freely by God is the beautiful natural landscape and the hospitable behavior of the residents around the tourism site. Therefore, the vice president noted that the best approach to develop tourism is to bring about innovation as he believes there are several places in the country that are considered usual and mediocre but are of immense interest to foreigners.

“Several tourist spots here are discovered by foreigners as the appeal of a place holds different significance to different people. For instance, we take for granted our blue sea and the variety of coral reefs, but for foreign tourists, they are very exciting,” the vice president affirmed.

Kalla on Saturday also reviewed the preparations for the construction of four five-tar hotels at the Mandalika Special Economic Zone. Arriving on the scene, the Vice President and the group immediately got the exposure of a number of investors who will build the four five-star hotels at the Mandalika SEZ in Central Lombok.

Four hotels to begin construction in 2016, are Pullman Hotel of the investment fund PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which is a state-owned enterprise (SOEs) in the field of tourism. Other hotels are Intercontinental Hotel, Club Med Hotel and Lees Hotel, and the construction of the entire capacity of the 850-room hotels was targeted to be completed within a period of two and a half years.

“Everything has been completed, and there no reason not to accelerate the construction of these four hotels,” the vice president noted.

After hearing the exposure of investors, the vice president then listened to the explanation of President Director of PT ITDC, Abdulbar M Mansoer, related to the development of Mandalika SEZ within the next 10 years. In addition to building hotels, ITDC will also build the basic infrastructure needed by the hotels to support their operation, such as the need for clean water that will utilize seawater through the refining process. This work is done by establishing a partnership with EBD Bauer, one of the American companies engaged in the purification of seawater into fresh water.

Other infrastructure that is in the process of being set up is a solar power plant (SPP) and gas power plants for hotels in Mandalika SEZ, which will not use electrical energy from the State Electricity Company (PLN).

“Thus, some 20 star-rated hotels will be built in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone within 20 years. For the first stage, we will build four five-star hotels, and we have prepared the basic infrastructure,” said Abdulbar.

ITDC is also constructing the Tourism College (STP), which will create the human resources needed by the hotels. Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chief Franky Sibarani has stated that, when completed, the special economic zone of Mandalika resort will be able to employ more than 58,000 workers.

“During the construction period, the number of workers is predicted to increase by two to three fold and reduce the flow of Indonesian workers abroad,” Franky said some time ago. In his visit to Mandalika resort in Central Lombok last May, the BKPM chief noted that the absorption of labor in large numbers in West Nusa Tenggara was important because the province was the largest supplier of Indonesian workers abroad.

“I visit Mandalika resort to make sure that the realization of the investment process in the development of the special economic zone goes without a hitch, so as to encourage employment and economic growth in the province,” Franky remarked. Further, he noted that BKPM was ready to help promote the development of Mandalika resort abroad in international forums, such as Milan World Expo, and other promotional events in Japan and China.

According to Franky, the Mandalika Special Economic Zone is ready to welcome investment from investors, because the master plan for construction has been completed and the land acquisition problem is also almost finished.

Member of West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Legislative Assemblys Commission-II Yek Agil has promised to fight for, and guard the development of Mandalika resort. “We must guard the development of Mandalika because it has been ignored for too long,” Agil said in the West Nusa Tenggara provincial city of Mataram recently. He noted that the commitment of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to continue the development of Mandalika resort deserves much appreciation. “We highly appreciate the commitment of President Jokowis government to move ahead with the development by allocating Rp1.8 trillion for that purpose,” Agil remarked. He also expressed his hope that the governments plan to allocate Rp1.8 trillion in funding for the development of Mandalika resort could soon be realized.

TOV Commercial Complex Land Clearing

 

TOV Commercial Complex land clearing now in process

Land clearing for the new Tanjung Ocean View Commercial Complex begins, In response to numerous requests by those who own lots in the project, TOV developer has designated 4 plots of land at the entrance to the project for commercial and business operations, incvluding offices, shops, restaurants and other commercial activities.

Date: December 5, 2015
Source:  TOV News

Developer begins land clearing for new commercial zone as Tanjung Ocean View establishes new TOV Commercial Complex business area.

 

In response to numerous requests that the Tanjung Ocean View project allow limited commercial/retail development, the developer of TOV has agreed to contribute 5 plots of land for the construction of a new retail area at the bottom of the project, fronting the Kuta Bypass Road entrance to Tanjung Ocean View.  The decision to allow the commercial use of these almost 5,150 sq. mtrs. of developer-owned land was made after a number of current owners expressed a desire to have a variety of shops and retails outlets conveniently situated near the TOV project.

As the CC&Rs (Covenants Conditions & Restrictions) at TOV limit development of TOV lots to residential development only, the five developer owned lots to be used for the new TOV Commercial Complex will now comprise a separate project and is no longer part of the Tanjung Ocean View development or the TOV Owner’s Association which, among other things, controls development of lots within the boundaries of the TOV project.

Approximately 1,900 sq. mtrs. of the new retail area previously comprise two lots, upon which were situated two partially constructed hotel buildings, both of which having been built by a third party in violation of the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions which specifically prohibited hotel development within the TOV project.  The two lots were returned to the developer after a lawsuit brought by the developer against the builder of the hotel project and the Praya court adjudication of the matter in the plaintiff’s favor. After finalization of the court action, the developer removed the violating buildings and began leveling the entire 4,000 sq. mtr. area in anticipation of the coming commercial/retail development.

Design work for the commercial/retail area has not yet been finalized and both TOV owners and surrounding residents are encouraged to voice any preferences they may have as to the design and composition of the new project.

The new development will be a strictly western style, modern complex, tentatively planned to include the following and more:

  • Management Office – to manage the TOV development and its Owner’s Association, as well as to provide sales and management services to TOV land and home owners.
  • Bakery – serving European stye fresh breads, real bagels,  pastries and other sweets and confections.
  • Restaurants – a minimum of 2, each serving different, to- be-determined cuisines.
  • Mini-mart – in the “Indo Mart”, style
  • Delicatessen – providing liquor, wines, cheeses, meats, and a large selection of garden fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to a variety of all the imported goods we all miss having here in Kuta.
  • Beverage and Coffee Shop – serving almost non-existent/hard to find European/Western style hot and cold coffees (Latte, Cappucino, Macchiato, Mocha, Esresso, Americano, etc.) and bottled and prepared cold drinks, complete with food items, all in a ” Starbucks” like environment.
  • Motor Bike and Car Rental Service.
  • Architect’s Office.
  • Building and Construction Contractor’s Office.
  • Art and Handicrafts Store – showcasing Lombok and greater Indonesia, ceramics, weaving, painting, batiks and other local arts and crafts.
  • Outdoor tables and seating with sun and rain protected areas.
  • Air-conditioned indoor eating and lounge area.

Additional information, design-work and construction information will be posted to this site as available.

Have any requests – let us know now, before plans are finalized!

Four New Mandalika Hotels

First of four new Mandalika hotels to break ground
Date: November 28, 2015
Source: TheJakartaPost.com

First of four new Mandalika hotels to break ground – great news for TOV owners!

According to an article in today’s Jakarta Post, Edwin Darmasetiawan, the Business and Development Director of the state-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), is quoted as saying that ITDC is currently in the process of securing roughly US$65 million in investments to further develop the Mandalika Resorts project in Kuta, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara into Indonesia’s “premier tourist destination”.

In the arricle, Edwin further reveals that on December 12, 2015, ITDC will mark the formal ground-breaking ceremony for the new Mandalika Resort Pullman Hotel – the first resort hotel project to commence construction within the Mandalika project. (Those who have been to the Novotel, Kuta recently have seen that in fact, the Pullman Hotel has already begun).

Other Mandalika Resort development matters referred to in the Jakarta Post article include the following:

  1. The Indonesian government has set a goal of 20 million tourist visits to the country by 2019 and, in order to meet this goal, ITDC will focus on three primary areas – most importantly the Mandalika Resorts project, but also including Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Tanjung Lesung in Banten.
  2. The master-planed 1,035 hectare Mandalika “eco-tourism” project has a development footprint of only 35% of the total land and thus will leave a significant portion of the project as open/undeveloped area.
  3. The new Pullman Hotel, with an estimated direct investment by ITDC of Rp 400 billion (US$29 million), will formally break ground on December 12, 2015.  The Pullman Hotel will be managed by France-based hotel operator Accor.
  4. France’s Club Méditerranée (Club Med) has signed an MOU with ITDC and has formalized its plan to build a 2nd hotel at the Mandalika Resorts project with an estimated 350 to 400 rooms.  (This, according to recent Cub Med press releases).
  5. The US $65 million amount which ITDC intends to secure for the balance of the project is based on the master plan for the Mandalika Resorts project created by the ITDC. The area will also see the construction of hotels, a marina, golf course, villas and a convention hall in the mid- to long-term plan as an adjunct to its positioning as an ecotourism destination.
  6. According to Edwin, ITDC has cooperated with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to reach potential investors in the Middle East. The IDB had also offered to provide loans for investors to develop various projects in the area.
  7. Mr. Darmasetiawan reminded potential investors that acquisition of the HPL land has already been accomplished by ITDC and thus there are no land acquisition costs to investors.
  8. Mandalika recorded 125,307 foreign tourist visits in 2013, according to Tourism Ministry data. However, the future projection is set at 1 million foreign tourist visits a year.

The Mandalika Resort contains 7.5 kilometers of ocean-front white sand beaches, including Kuta Beach, Seger Beach and A’an Beach (Tanjung A’an) near TOV and is a mere 20-minute drive from Lombok International Airport.  The Mandalika project now has 4 kilometers of recently installed interior roadways and a site office from which the development is managed.

The Tanjung Ocean View owners know that TOV is strategically located on the immediate periphery of Mandalika Resorts, looks down on the Mandalika project from TOV’s higher elevation and was purposely created in this location to profit from price increases resulting from the Mandalika Resorts development. Anyone planning to buy Kuta land, to invest in Lombok or to buy a house or commercial property in South Lombok should bear in mind that prices will undoubtedly rise dramtically as the Mandalika Resorts project moves forward. Invest in Kuta now – don’t wait until prices skyrocket!

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First Tanjung Ocean View Villa Now Under Construction!

first-tov-villa-under-construction-2Date: September 22, 2014
Source: Lee Pappernow

One of the finest villas built on any Lombok land parcel is now under construction at Tanjung Ocean View (“TOV”), the premier South Lombok Land development project located in the Kuta area of Lombok Island.  The project, which broke ground several months ago, is already well on its way to completion by owner Theo Dandine.  Designed and constructed to showcase the spectacular ocean view land at TOV,  Mr. Dandine’s gorgeous 4 bedroom, 750 square meter villa spans his properties lots (Lots 16 & 17) will also be available for vacation rental when the owner is not residing on property.  This exquisitely luxurious villa was designed by Bali architect Gary Fell who is also assisting with the construction management. Built on 3 terraced levels, with sweeping ocean views of Gerupuk and Tanjung A’an Bays, Gary and Theo’s collaboration is clearly bearing sweet fruit.  More of architect Gary Fell’s work can be seen at http://www.gfabarchitects.com.  With sweeping panoramic, white-water views of Kuta Bay, Gerupuk Bay and A’an Bay, the Tanjung Ocean View project is perhaps the finest South Lombok luxury Land development in the Kuta area.

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TOV Phase 1 Interior Roads Finished

phase-1-roads-paved
Date: March 13, 2013
Source: Lee Pappernow

I am happy to report that after much work, the interior roads for Phase 1 of the TOV project are completed. We are currently working on the new East Side Access road which has been lowered at the top by roughly 2 meters (to reduce the steepness at the top of the road), drainage channels for this newly lowered road, and a second reinforced retaining wall at the cul-de-sac at Lots 26, 27 & 28.

When this work is completed, we will be paving the first coat of asphalt on the East Side Rd., installing the finish stone/concrete liners for the new East Side drainage channels, and applying additional asphalt as needed on the roads already paved with a single layer

Bye for now…

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