Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Government Fast-Tracking Ten Areas of Indonesia to Compete with Bali

CNN Indonesia reports that the Indonesian government is targeting to develop 10 tourism areas that will potentially rival Bali in popularity and assist the government in its goal to welcome 20 million foreign tourists by 2019.

Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya recently told the press that Indonesia has 88 areas designated as Strategic Tourism Zones (KSPN) that encompass a total of 222 Tourism Development Zones (KPPN). The government has selected 10 areas of the Country to receive priority attention, based on the determination that those areas possess the strongest potential for rapid tourism development.

“All tourism areas will be developed over time, but there are those places that will get priority for rapid attention. For the year 2015 there are 10 areas to receive prioritized attention,” revealed Yahya in Jakarta on Monday, September 14, 2015.

The Ten areas slated for immediate an urgent destination development are:
  1.  Lake Toba, North Sumatra
  2. Mount Bromo, East Java
  3. Mandalika, West Nusa Teggara 
  4. Morotai Island, North Maluku
  5. Tanjung Lesung, West Java
  6. Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara
  7. The Thousand Islands, Jakarta
  8. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi 
  9. Jogjakarta
  10. Belitung Island, Bangka-Belitung

To commence the development of these 10 areas the Government will fix and upgrade the local infrastructure and facilities. Among the upgrades planned for the ten locations are improved sea and air ports and improved road access.

“We hope these 10 locations will become ‘second Bali’s,’” said Yahya.

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