The tourism industry in Indonesia has expanded rapidly over the past few years. However, the distinctive sceneries and an array of fauna and flora aren’t the only reasons for tourist attraction. The strategic long-term plans and development of tourism are also one of the biggest reasons why Indonesia is becoming a major tourist attraction.

Here is an extensive overview of the main reasons why Indonesia will become a world-class tourism destination. Have a look.

The 10 new Bali Project:

According to the estimates, the number of tourists in 2018 was approximately 15.8 billion, which indicates a 13% increase since 2017. The robust growth and prompt expansion have created thousands of new jobs for local people. The latest tourism boom shows that Jokowi’s 5 year plan is taking effect hastily, which makes Indonesia the most suitable and reliable place to invest your money.

The eye-catching forests, the enchanting flora, the signature volcanoes and lush green sceneries – everything attracts the tourists making Indonesia a new star destination. The motto of Indonesia “Unity in Diversity” can be observed in the unique and distinct intercultural coexistence among over 300 different ethnic groups spread across the archipelagic country.

The “10 New Bali” priority destinations: A Blank Canvas

President Joko Widodo along with his ministers, introduced a Ten New Bali Project back in 2016. The soon-to-be 10 new Bali project is a remarkable economic progression blueprint which will provide an opportunity for the natives, citizens, tourists and the government alike.

Even though Bali is now considered as a world-class tourism spot, Indonesia is a lot more than that. The area has more than 17,000 islands full of destinations which have unique and diverse sceneries to offer. This is one apparent reason why Indonesia emphasizes on increasing the tourists (to upkeep economic development in the region), but the bitter truth is that it becomes quite challenging for Bali to accommodate the growing number of tourists.

With global changes and current environmental conditions, the demand for raw commodities increases. Indonesia can easily address such kinds of susceptibilities by developing a sustainable strategy for the tourism economy.

The Solution:

The primary purpose of the project is to create 10 new tourist spots. This was mainly done to duplicate the different economic consequences of tourism in Bali. The tourism sector can be indeed exploited more effectively to promote economic development in the region, as well as increasing the cashflow of foreign currencies. According to the estimates, tourism added almost 11% to Indonesia’s overall GDP. Therefore, different goals are put together to increase the number of tourists by the year 2020.

So, by the year 2020, the government set the following goals, have a look:

– Vacation industry to signify almost 8% of the country’s overall Gross Domestic Product.
– Overseas exchange income to upsurge to Rp240 Trillion (US$18 Billion)
Employing almost13 million locals

In order to achieve the desired goal the government has to take some steps which are;

– Improve the infrastructure
– Boost connectivity
– Promote foreign investment
– Increase the back and forth flights
– Progress the local marketing campaign
– Increase tourism spots
– Manage the security

These are just a few of the numerous things the Indonesian government has to do to reach the fixed goal. Though, with the progression and evolvement, economic development and growth will be clearly seen by the year 2020.

The hotspots listed below are priority destinations designated as the”10 New Bali’s” for their potential and scope to become outstanding tourism attractions. Each place selected has distinct special features that with the right type of development, have the potential to be the next “places to be” in Indonesia. Targeted investment by the government, provides a bridge of opportunity for individual investors.

1. Mandalika Project (Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat)
An international airport, 5-star resorts under development, International Circuit Track (Moto GP), Solar Power Plant, Atlantis Tidal Energy Solution, Invest Islands Luxury Residence in Awang, Torok Bay with Singapore and Hong Kong Investors Developments.
2. Borobudur Temple (Central Java)
A new international airport in Yogyakarta and development of cultural heritage sites.
3. Lake Toba (North Sumatra)
A new international airport and expanded runway, which has shortened the trip from hours of travel by air and road to a short 2-hour flight.

The development of infrastructure and improved access is well underway in these priority locations. Without imposing any bias, this is especially so for Mandalika (Kuta Lombok) where there are new roads throughout the island, an expanding international airport, the well-funded Mandalika project (Pullman hotel is nearing completion, and the Moto GP track has been confirmed for 2021) and a range of private investor developments in the South. With foreign investment pouring in, the uniqueness Lombok has to offer is apparent, with sustainable and eco-friendly events becoming a core principle of a new type of development emerging on Indonesia’s islands.

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