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“You all know Bali, our famous island paradise? With improved infrastructure, we will launch a programme called 10 New Balis,” the President, popularly known as Jokowi, told businessmen during a visit to Hong Kong in May/2017.
He has also set a target of welcoming 20 million foreign tourists by 2019, and he has been doing his part by sharing his plan of creating more Balis with counterparts such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat, held on Sept 7.
Analysts have said that the ambitious plan to grow the tourism sector complements the President’s broader strategy for more infrastructure development, particularly to enhance connectivity.
The Ministry of Tourism has listed the destinations earmarked under the 10 New Balis plan for further development, which includes the upgrading of airports and construction of new amenities:
10 spots to rival Bali
1 LAKE TOBA, NORTH SUMATRA
Formed by a volcanic eruption 70,000 years ago, the 100km-long and 30km-wide lake sits 900m above sea level, so visitors get to enjoy a cool climate. The Silangit Airport will be upgraded later this month into an international-class airport, with its maiden international flight arriving from Singapore on Oct 28.
2 TANJUNG LESUNG, BANTEN
The peninsula is being developed into an integrated beach resort, with hotels overlooking Anak Krakatau, the remains of what used to be the Krakatau volcano. Toll roads connecting Tanjung Lesung and Jakarta are being built, while there may be plans to construct a new airport in Pandeglang, Banten.
3 KEPULAUAN SERIBU, JAKARTA
Better known as Thousand Islands – although really only a cluster of about 150 islands – the area is the hub of marine conservation efforts in Jakarta and attracts visitors seeking a break from the bustle of life in the capital. The government plans to build 10 new docks by 2019 to make it easier for tourists to reach the islands.
4 TANJUNG KELAYANG BEACH, BANGKA BELITUNG
Aside from its shallow and clear waters, the white sand beach has a series of unique granite formations. A consortium of companies is developing a special tourism economic zone in the regency, while the runway and passenger terminal at the H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin Airport are being expanded for wide-body aircraft.
5 BOROBUDUR TEMPLE, CENTRAL JAVA
Built in the ninth century, Borobudur Temple was buried in volcanic ash for centuries until it was rediscovered in 1814, due to efforts initiated by Stamford Raffles when Java was under British administration. It is one of the most visited historical sites in Indonesia today. A new airport, which can handle 50 million passengers a year, is being built in Kulon Progo regency to replace the Adisutjipto International Airport.
6 MOUNT BROMO, EAST JAVA
The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which covers 800 sq km, is the largest volcanic region in the province. The government plans to integrate visitors’ infrastructure there with other areas, including the city of Malang, to boost tourism.
7 MANDALIKA, WEST NUSA TENGGARA
A main draw of this hidden gem in southern Lombok is a 7.5km stretch of beach facing the Indian Ocean. The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation plans to raise US$65 million (S$88.6 million) in investments to develop Mandalika into a premier ecotourism destination, with potential for Mice activities.
8 LABUAN BAJO, EAST NUSA TENGGARA
The Komodo National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where one can find komodo dragons in the wild, is located in one of three major islands in Labuan Bajo. A commercial zone being developed there since April has drawn 400 billion rupiah (S$40 million ) in investments.
9 WAKATOBI, SOUTH SULAWESI
The number of reef and fish species across more than 50 dive spots in waters off Wakatobi is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Plans to upgrade its airport and develop a marina, hotels and restaurants are under way.
10 MOROTAI ISLAND, NORTH MALUKU
One of Indonesia’s northernmost islands, Morotai offers rugged forest terrain for trekking, as well as beautiful beaches and diving spots. Indonesia plans to build resorts on the island in cooperation with Taiwan, as well as turn it into a trade hub for seafood.