The Jakarta Post
Batam is the production location for many HBO Asia films. (Antara/Irwansyah Putra)
Batam in Riau Islands has set its sights on developing its service industry and will focus on areas such as animation and tourism.
"We want to continue to develop in the service industry, such as in tourism," BP Batam head Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo said at a business gathering on connecting Batam with the Asia-Pacific in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Lukita said Batam had thus far focused on the manufacturing industry, such as electronic assembly, medical equipment and industrial machinery, but wanted to focus more on developing the service industry.
He said such development was already in place, as evidenced by the region's endeavors in animation and filmmaking – Batam is the production location for many HBO Asia films.
Nongsa Digital Park in Batam, Lukita added, served as the digital bridge between Indonesia and neighboring Singapore.
"Batam is the third-biggest entry point of international tourists to Indonesia after Bali and Jakarta," Lukita said.
Greater Batam in Riau Islands province is a region the government is focusing on to reach its target of bringing in 17 million tourists this year. (liz/kes)