The Jakarta Post
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya met with Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Mehmet Kadri Şander Gürbüz at the Sapta Pesona building in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The meeting was arranged to discuss the development of Indonesia’s tourism industry. The ambassador said a couple of investors were interested in starting projects in Indonesia, especially in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
Lombok won two prestigious awards at the World Halal Tourism Award ceremony last year.
One of the prospective investors is Rixos Hotels, a Turkish luxury hotel chain that operates 27 hotels and resorts across Europe and the Middle East.
Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national flag carrier, meanwhile, has announced it will add more flights to Jakarta and plans to have direct flights to Bali.
Arief Yahya promised to support Turkish investors wishing to invest in Indonesia’s tourism industry and said he would connect Turkish Airlines with state-owned airport operators Angkasa Pura I and II to speed up the process. (asw)