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Tete Batu

Tete Batu. Gelegen in centraal lombok, aan de voet van Mount Rinjani. We zijn er afgelopen zomer geweest omdat het zo’n prachtige omgeving is. Heerlijk een paar uur wandelen tussen de rijst en tabak velden en door de kleine dorpjes met haar vriendelijke bevolking.

Een aanrader voor iedereen en een locatie die niet mag ontbreken op het To Do lijstje voor Lombok!

Lombok eyes 2012


He speaks fluently English and Arabic and his clear way of talking makes a difference with some other Indonesians, rather shy when they have to speak in public. Muhammad Zainul Majdi is the current Governor of West Nusa Tenggara and belongs to this new generation of Indonesian politicians who start to give a new impetus to the World’s biggest archipelago. One of Majdi’s objectives is to turn Lombok into a major tourism destination, emulating Bali, its Western neighbour just 90 minutes away by high speed-boat. Lombok has been so far protected from massive tourism development.

But the Muslim-dominant Island has very big ambitions and feels that it has many assets. “We like to say that you can see Bali in Lombok but you cannot see Lombok in Bali”, likes to say the Governor, referring to the cultural diversity on the Island where local Sasak people cohabits since the dawn of age with Balinese communities. Lombok is indeed an interesting mix of culture where Sasak traditional villages are facing Balinese temples and where some local Muslims are praying indifferently in mosques or temples…

Lombok emergence as a tourism destination will be stimulated by the organization of a “Visit Year Lombok-Sumbawa”- due to come in 2012. Promotion just started with the hosting of TIME-Pasar Wisata, Indonesia’s professional incoming travel show, last October. This is the first time ever that Lombok is hosting an international event from this size and we are very happy about the outcome of the show as delegates seem very happy with this choice. We know that we make some mistakes but we will learn for the next edition of Pasar Wisata in 2010,” said Majdi. For the show hosting, the provincial government has given away INR 5 billion, the equivalent of US$ 532,000.

The objective is to boost over the next five years total arrivals from 250,000 to 450,000 foreign travelers. With domestic travelers, NTB hopes to be able then to welcome some 1.3 million visitors in a year. This will be a far outcry from Bali’s own tourist arrivals (over three million per year currently for both domestic and international travelers) but it still means a growth of over 20% per year over the next decade. More advertising, participation at international travel shows such as ITB are now firmly planned.

Major projects should boost arrivals to Lombok over the years to come: the development of a fully integrated resort area in the South of Lombok and the opening of a new airport in Central Lombok, 45 minutes away from the capital city Mataram. The first project was announced two years ago with Dubai-based investor Emaar Properties announcing to invest US$ 600 million to invest into five- and four-star hotels, a shopping mall, recreation areas, golf courses on a 1,200 hectare site. The final project is targeted to host 10,000 luxury villas, eight hotels and two 18-hole golf courses but it faced numerous delays due to the financial crisis, corruption problems and a lack of improvement in infrastructure. The project study has been extended by six months until year-end.

Development is however more advanced for the airport. According to the airport’s managing company Angkasa Pura, new Lombok International Airport should be finished by the first quarter of 2010 but it looks already that the facility will open later in the year as work is still going on the control tower. Once the first phase completed, the new airport will offer capacity for two million passengers while its 2,750 m runway will be able to take large aircraft such as the Airbus A330. “ We will then target new markets such as Australia or Hong Kong. Improving access is essential for our future” tells Lalu Gita Ariadi, Head of West Nusa Tenggara office of tourism. Another important project is the construction of a proper convention center with an investor from Singapore already showing interest.

Local authorities remain however optimistic about the future of the island as a destination. “Lombok gains increasingly fame among foreign travelers. We do still have some problems to find human resources matching international tourists’ expectations. But the future mega- resort in the South will contribute to improve sharply manpower quality,” estimates Awan Aswinabawa, Chairman of the Travel Expo Pasar Wisata. Progress will definitely be judged with the next hosting of Pasar Wisata in October 2010.


Airport almost ready

Govt eyes finalization of key airport projects

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 11/23/2009 9:14 AM | Business

Airport development projects will be one of the priorities of the Transportation Ministry next year, including the finalization of ongoing expansion projects at three international airports, and constructing up to 31 smaller airports.

The three international airports being upgraded are Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, Lombok International Airport in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi — with a combined project value of more than Rp 5 trillion (US$509 million).

The ministry’s director of airports, Bambang Tjahjono, said over the weekend that the completion of these projects was urgent and would play vital roles in the economy, both in those regions and the nation as a whole.

“Lombok Airport, for example, will act as buffer for Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is already very busy,” Tjahjono said in an interview.

Lombok is a resort island situated around 70 kilometers east of the world-famous island of Bali.
With a 2,750-meter runway, Lombok Airport will be suitable for larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747, Tjahjono said.

The Lombok Airport complex is built on a 551-hectare plot of land, which is almost twice the size of Ngurah Rai. The project is estimated to cost Rp 802 billion, which is being jointly funded by state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and local provincial and regional administrations.

The project has been accelerated, with the government hoping to make it partly open for the public between December or January at the latest.

Best Travel Destination 2009

Jogjakarta has been awarded the best travel destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It iss the first award held by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo and Lombok also received awards.

Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Manggarai Barat, Jember, Purbalingga, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Sulawesi Utara, Kepulauan Riau, Naggroe Aceh Darussalam and Sulawesi Tengah were awarded “unique travel destinations”.

Bron: Tourism Indonesia

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.

Tourism Lombok

Lombok, Sumbawa set to attract more tourists

Erwida Maulia , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 07/02/2009 2:55 PM | National

West Nusa Tenggara’s Lombok and Sumbawa Islands, which are renowned for their marine tourist attractions, are set to attract more visitors in the coming years as they gear up for Visit Lombok-Sumbawa 2012 campaign.

Director general for marketing at the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Sapta Nirwandar, said in Jakarta Thursday that West Nusa Tenggara, a province located adjacent to Bali, would be the focus of the ministry’s tourism programs in 2012.

The Visit Lombok-Sumbawa 2012 campaign will be launched by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Lombok by the end of the week to mark the beginning of West Nusa Tenggara’s campaign to double its number of visitors to 1 million in 2012.

“We want to sell tourism in West Nusa Tenggara. We want to make Lombok an established center for the pearl trade and ecotourism,” Sapta told a press conference.

Often dubbed a more pristine and tranquil, some also say more beautiful, version of its neighbor Bali; Lombok and Sumbawa are home to a range of white sandy beaches and turquoise seawaters, as well as a rich variety of underwater life.

Lombok particularly is a renowned center for the production of pearl jewelry and is also home to Mount Rinjani, the second highest mountain in Indonesia and one of the best trekking spots in Asia.