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Jakarta Post

Quick recovery crucial for Lombok’s tourism

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  02:50 am

The government has been urged to accelerate the reconstruction of houses and infrastructure that was damaged after a series of earthquakes in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), including on popular tourist islands Lombok and Sumbawa, as it will help the local economy recover.Asnawi Bahar, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), stressed the urgency of reconstructing houses and public facilities in NTB, as the efforts would define the potential of NTB in the eyes of tourists.“Economic recovery would be defined by the acceleration of house and infrastructure reconstruction,” he said recently.According to data from ASITA, the earthquakes in August had affected the business of at least 200 of its members based in NTB.Asnawi said the aftermath of the earthquakes could have a multiplier effect. If tourism took a long time to recover, people whose lives depended o...