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‘Sleeping giant’ of N. Lombok yet to explore its tourism potential

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 6 2012   /  07:18 am

Djohan Syamsyu: Courtesy of Official Website North Lombok Regency It took two-and-half hours to drive from Praya International Airport in Central Lombok to Tanjung, the capital of North Lombok regency on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara.

In the morning, the beauty of the regency popped up everywhere from the white-sand of Medana Beach overlooking the three famous isles — Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan — to the sea of coconut trees.

“These are just small parts of our precious natural assets,” said Djohan Syamsyu, the regent of North Lombok, during a meeting last week.

In conjunction with the fourth anniversary of North Lombok regency, which will fall on July 21, the regent, his staff and prominent people from business sector talked to The Jakarta Post about the huge potential and challenges facing the regency.

Established in 2008, North Lombok...