Five massive projects worth a total of Rp 21.5 trillion ($2.2 billion) are set to be constructed in Bali and West Nusa Tengara, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy says. Firmansyah Rahim, the director general of the ministry, said the projects are part of the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI). “After being verified in August, the five tourism projects worth Rp 21.5 trillion are ready to be constructed. There are four projects in Bali and one in West Nusa Tenggara [NTB],” he said.
The four projects in Bali are worth Rp 18.5 trillion and one project in NTB will cost Rp 3 trillion.
The Bali projects will include the construction of a golf course, tourist resort, and accommodations in Buleleng district, and the construction of marine and yacht facilities in Badung district.
The two remaining projects include the Bali International Park, an integrated tourist development area, also to be built in Badung, and the Kintamani Golf Resort in Bangli district.
In NTB, the Mandalika resort project is already underway in Kuta, Central Lombok. The project, which will involve the state-owned Bali Tourism Development Corporation and a number of private investors including the MNC Group, the Rajawali Group and Global Internasional, is estimated to cost Rp 3 trillion.
The resort area, situated on 1,175 hectares of land, actually began in the 1990s with the construction of a five-star hotel, the Novotel. However further development was stalled due to financing issues.
In Indonesia, there was a 5 percent year-on-year increase in foreign tourist visits in the January-August period.
There were a total of 5.21 million foreign tourists visiting the country in the first eight months of 2012, compared to 4.96 million in the same period in 2011.
Bali remains the most popular destination, drawing 1.89 million foreign tourists in the first eight months of the year, a 3.8 percent increase from a year ago. (Jakarta Globe)