The Jakarta Post
A privately run airport will be located inside the Bintan Resorts area, close to the Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport in Bintan and the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam. (Shutterstock/File)
The Wonderful Indonesia Music Festival Crossborder Batam in Riau Islands on April 29 made a huge impact on the city’s economy, especially in the tourist sector.
It is estimated that some 34,000 hotel rooms were occupied over the weekend. With the addition of 900 tourists from Singapore attending the festival, restaurants, hotels and shops were overwhelmed with visitors.
“All of our rooms are fully booked until May 1,” said the executive secretary at the Golden View Hotel.
“They [the tourists from Singapore] contribute to hotel and restaurant tax. They also donated money to the local orphanage and the orphans in Batam,” said Sulaiman Sulaiman Shehdek from the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office in Singapore. (asw)