Home Tourism Islands To Get Rp 210t For Development Denpasar. The government announced it would allocate Rp 210 trillion ($23.3 billion) toward economic development in eastern Indonesia.
and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, who is also the
coordinator of the master plan to accelerate development in the
country’s Economic Corridor V (Bali and Nusa Tenggara), said on Sunday
in Denpasar that the money would be spent on 136 projects in the area.
tourism sector, which Mari singled out as a main driver for growth in
eastern Indonesia, would receive 28 percent of the investment, she said,
mainly through infrastructure projects.
“Investing heavily in
infrastructure will allow us to rapidly develop tourism,” Mari said,
adding that the government aimed to increase tourist arrivals to 8
million next year from 7.7 million this year.
To ensure it meets
the target, the government is looking to attract visitors from
countries that have emerged relatively unscathed from the credit crisis
including China, India and Australia.
“Apart from Bali, another tourism magnet in the area is East Nusa Tenggara’s Komodo Island,” Mari said.
National Park’s win in the New7Wonders of Nature global poll could
bring an end to widespread poverty in East Nusa Tenggara, said former
Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who campaigned for Komodo’s bid.
in tourism in East Nusa Tenggara will lead to increased economic
opportunities,” Kalla said at a seminar at the Islamic University of
Indonesia in Yogyakarta on Sunday. “Komodo is the key to improving the
welfare of the people in the province.
“Uniting all Indonesians
is easy as long as there is a clear cause, and what better cause than to
create prosperity for an impoverished region.”
Liyanto, the chairman of the East Nusa Tenggara branch of the Indonesian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), agreed that growth in the
region’s tourism industry would expand on the back of infrastructure
Abraham added that direct international
flights to Labuan Bajo, the main city of Flores island and the closest
town to Komodo, would mean tourists coming for a visit would not need to
stop over in Jakarta, Bali or Surabaya.