In the spotlights again

127 foreign buyers to attend tourism expo in Lombok

At least 127 overseas buyers are expected to attend the 2009 Tourism Indonesia Mart and Expo (TIME) in Senggigi, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, from Oct. 16 to 19.

The buyers will come from 25 countries, including Australia, Brazil and the United States, as well as from Europe and Asia.

The 15th annual TIME trade fair will feature 119 sellers from 97 tour companies in 16 provinces from across the country offering their tour products, such as from Jakarta, Bali, Central Java and East Kalimantan.

The event, organized by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) and involving all elements of the tourism sector in Indonesia, is being held for the first time in Lombok.

This year’s TIME organizing committee head, Meyty Robot, said Thursday the international tourism exposition would concurrently promote Lombok’s tourism potential.

“People all around the world know about Bali and Lombok, but Lombok is not yet a major tourist destination,” Meyty said at a press conference in Senggigi.

Source: Tourism Indonesia

Indonesia eyes NL

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 10/13/2009 4:52 PM | Business

The Culture and Tourism Ministry has targeted 15 countries worldwide to promote tourism in Indonesia.

Of the 15 nations, three countries have never been designated as potential markets for tourists, the Philippines, India and Russia, the ministry’s director general of marketing Sapta Nirwandar said Tuesday.

The other 12 nations are Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, China, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2008, Singapore was the country that sent the most foreign tourists to Indonesia with 1,197,267 tourists. Second was Malaysia with 1,009,722 tourists.

Most Singaporean tourists visited Batam, while most Malaysian visited Jakarta.

The third-highest number of foreign tourists came from Japan with 559,888 tourists, most of whom visited Bali.

“In 2010, we have set targets of 1.3 million tourists from Singapore and 1.25 million from Malaysia,” Sapta said. (bbs)

Bron: The Jakarta post

EMAAR and the JV

Emaar and Indonesian Government extend JV to develop The Lombok Project by six months.

The Indonesian Government has extended the joint venture between Emaar Indonesia and PT Pengembangan Pariwisata Bali (Persero), a government entity, to develop The Lombok Project by six months. This followed a meeting between the representatives of the Indonesian Government and Emaar International in Dubai.

As per the agreement, the joint venture partnership has been extended till December 31, 2009, to complete all modalities associated with developing a mixed-use project set on the Kuta and Tanjung beaches on the island of Lombok. Dr Alwi Shihab, President’s special Envoy to the Middle East, representing the Indonesian Government, said:

‘The Lombok Project has the strong potential for the development of the social and economic welfare of Lombok to complement other existing tourist infrastructures available in the region. To undertake such a complex project, taking into account all environmental and development considerations, it is important to evaluate all aspects thoroughly. We have therefore extended the joint venture by six months.’

He added: ‘Emaar has the proven competencies to undertake complex development projects and we look forward to completing all formalities very soon to expedite the development process.’

Mr Sergio Casari, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar International: ‘We are thankful to the Indonesian Government for their trust in Emaar in undertaking The Lombok Project. Indonesia is one of the key markets for Emaar, and our expansion to the country is in line with the company’s growth strategy of geographic expansion and business segmentation.’ He added:

‘The Lombok Project will create a new dynamics to the property sector of the region, and the resort-style project will catalyse inward investments to Indonesia. Emaar has completed the master-plan for the project already, and we look forward to completing all necessary formalities and obtaining governmental approvals for commencing development.’<
At the meeting held in Dubai, several aspects of the joint venture were finalised, thus adding to the development momentum of The Lombok Project.

The Lombok Project is envisaged as an environmentally friendly, integrated residential, leisure and hospitality zone. The project will have extensive natural waterfront that supports a marina, luxury residences and resorts by the world’s very best luxurious hospitality operators; the homes will have tropical designs and low-rise architecture. The development will drive tourism to the region by offering a spread of activities such as diving, snorkeling, hiking and surfing sports.