The Jakarta Post
A number of tourist boats berth at Labuan Bajo Port in the Komodo district, West Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Labuan Bajo is the main entry point for tourists visiting the Komodo National Park. (thejakartapost.com/Markus Makur)
An Indonesian tourism book, The 10 New Bali, was recently launched in Singapore in a bid by the government to invite investors to participate in the development of the country's designated priority destinations.
The launch on Oct. 26 was led by Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission to Singapore Didik Eko Pujianto along with the Tourism Ministry's head of development acceleration for 10 priority tourist destinations, Hiramsyah S. Thaib, as reported by kompas.com.
Didik expressed his appreciation of the collection of images in the book, which he said captured the colors, natural beauty and diversity of the 10 destinations.
The collection of photos was taken by a group of photographers led by Martin Lukas, a Singapore-based Indonesian professional.
The book not only presents Indonesia's natural wealth, but also investment opportunities such as the construction for hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities, among others.
The government's designated priority destinations span across the archipelago, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung Islands, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Borobudur in Central Java, Bromo Tengger Semeru in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Waktaboki in Southeast Sulawesi and Morotai in North Maluku.
The book launch of The 10 New Bali is a follow-up to the recent Leaders’ Retreat between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore last year.
Singapore was chosen as the location for the book launch in response to the "Twin Destination Program" between the two countries, which is expected to attract Singaporean tourists to Indonesia and vice versa.
As much as 929,106 Singaporean tourists visited Indonesia in January to July 2018, a 9.6 percent increase from the same period last year, according to kompas.com. (liz/wng)