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Riau Islands aims to increase tourist arrivals, spending under SEZ development scheme

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    The Jakarta Post

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Batam   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  04:50 pm
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A canoe floats on the crystal waters off Bintan Island in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands province. Tanjung Pinang is the third most popular destination among foreign tourists in the Riau Islands.(Shutterstock/Apri Putra)

The Riau Islands provincial administration plans to develop several areas as tourist destinations under the special economic zone (SEZ) program to lure large investments. Developing the region's tourism under the SEZ (or KEK in Indonesian) program would be more effective, since it would offer investors fiscal incentives and other government facilities, Riau Islands acting governor Isdianto said on Nov. 19 in Batam. The government’s KEK program aims to develop regional economic potentials as either an industrial zone or a tourist destination. Several areas in Banten, like Tanjung Lesung, are currently being developed as tourist destinations under the KEK program. Isdianto said that he had discussed the plan with Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro during a World Bank conference in Singapore on Nov. 18. Bambang also heads the National ...