The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is to accelerate the development of the Mandalika special economic zone (KEK) in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, this year in order to help grow the country's economy in the long run.
'We are developing some infrastructure in Mandalika at the moment,' ITDC president director Ida Bagus Wiranjaya said on Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency on the sidelines of a meeting with House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing industry and state-owned companies in Kuta, Bali.
Ida said that the company would begin the construction of hotels and resorts in Mandalika in mid-2015 to attract more investors to participate in the KEK project.
'In August, we are hoping to begin the construction of the hotels. We also have requested more funds from the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry to further develop this zone,' he explained, adding that around Rp 2.2 trillion (US$173.8 million) was needed to fully develop Mandalika.
He elaborated that the firm had proposed a Rp 250 billion ($19.75 million) budget to the ministry this year.
In addition, ITDC is to establish a hospitality and tourism institute to produce highly qualified human resources to manage the tourism industry in Indonesia.
Mandalika is built on a 1,053 hectare plot of land near the province's main gateway Lombok International Airport, so as to make it easy for leisure and business travelers to reach the special zone. (nfo)
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