The Jakarta Post
The Jababega Group, a major investor in developing Tanjung Lesung, Banten, as one of the country’s “10 new Balis”, has pledged to continue its plan to turn the disaster-stricken area into a prominent tourist destination.
“[The investment] will go ahead,” Jababeka Group chairman Setyono Djuandi Darmono said in Jakarta recently as quoted by kompas.com.
However, he added that Jakabeka would be more cautious in making further decisions.
A tsunami devastated Banten and Lampung provinces on Dec. 22, killing some 430 people, injuring thousands and destroying countless homes, businesses and infrastructure.
About 30 percent of the company’s properties in the tourism-focused Tanjung Lesung Special Economic Areas (KEK Tanjung Lesung) was affected in the incident.
“But we will not reduce any development plans of the area. We have invested much there, involving a large number of human resources and we have learned many things there. So, we will go ahead,” Setyono emphasized.
Jababeka, through its subsidiary PT Banten West Java Tourism Development, is in charge of managing the 1,500-hectare KEK Tanjung Lesung, which is located on the western tip of Java, some 170 kilometers from Jakarta.
Setyono said that the Jababeka Group had signed several memorandums of understanding (MoU) with a number of foreign investors from Japan, South Korea and countries in the Middle East, to develop the tourist destination.
The company will need some Rp 150 billion (US$10.30 million) to repair its damaged facilities, he added. (bbn)