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Jakarta Post

Jokowi hopes MotoGP’s Mandalika circuit can boost Lombok’s popularity

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Sat, May 18, 2019   /  07:49 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) visits Kuta Mandalika beach in Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK), Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Friday. The visit was part of Indonesia’s preparations for hosting the MotoGP motorcycling race in 2021. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes that a MotoGP street circuit in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara will help promote the area to become a favorite tourist destination. “We really hope we will see a new economic spot [in Mandalika] that can support the country’s economic growth. We are really looking forward to Mandalika becoming a ‘new Bali’,” said the President during a visit to Kuta Mandalika beach in Central Lombok on Friday. The “new Bali” refers to a new tourism destination that has a huge impact on the country, like Lombok’s neighboring island Bali. Jokowi made Friday’s visit to supervise the progress of construction work on supporting facilities for the street circuit. Indonesia is set to host the MotoGP, the most popular motorcycle racing championship in th...