Serene view of Kuta Beach, part of Mandalika tourist area, in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)
The government has decided to focus on the development of four destinations from the Tourism Ministry’s 10 New Balis list which include Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika and Labuan Bajo.
The plan includes homestay and restaurant development. The Tourism Ministry will be in charge of design whilst the Public Works and Public (PUPR) Ministry will be in charge of the construction. Meanwhile, the development of souvenir shops will be handled by the Trade Ministry.
“It will be executed in 2018 in four locations. I’ve sent a letter to PUPR before the limited meeting [with President Joko Widodo] and have been instructed by the president to provide the [design] model,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.
Arief said three destinations namely Lake Toba, Borobudur and Mandalika only need revitalization, while Labuan Bajo is considered as a newcomer and the President wanted for Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara to have a Medium-Sized Business (UKM) Center.
“I’ll go there [Mandalika] tomorrow to oversee the UKM location […] In all destinations, UKM should be the first [to be developed] in a region,” the minister added. (asw)
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