THE FUTURE OF INDONESIAN ECO-TOURISM
The Centrepiece of Lombok Development
The Mandalika Project covers 1,175 hectares of coastal land in Kuta, South Lombok, and will, when complete, be home to more than 16,000 hotel rooms, a waterpark, a 27-hole golf course, 1,500 villas, and an international-standard motor-racing circuit. The estimated cost of the venture is believed to exceed US$3 billion.
Backed by the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the special economic zone will feature major international chain resorts, including Pullman, Paramount, Club Med, Royal Tulip, and Grand Mercure Hotel.
As well as seeking to attract more tourists in general to the island, the project also promises to be an ecotourism hotspot. Solar power, a water desalination plant, and a promise to retain 51 percent of the area as open green space are all part of the plan to protect the region’s natural beauty and enhance local culture.
Mandalika is not only the largest project of its kind in South East Asia, but also the centrepiece of the Government’s plan to develop a tourism model in Lombok that is akin to Bali.
What sets the Mandalika Project apart is that it is a development trying to avoid some of the traps of previous luxury developments in Indonesia. With at least 51% of its 1,175 hectares designated as ‘green space’ from the outset, the intention of developers is to create something that works in tandem with nature by becoming a template for sustainable development.
By incorporating environmentally friendly technologies such as solar farms and SWRO plants, land power is harnessed, and tech-savvy greenhouses will be used to make the resort more self-supporting by enabling it to to grow food efficiently and organically for its restaurants.
As if this wasn’t enough, the resort will maximise panoramic views, house an electric light rail train, a cable car, theme park, eco-park, water-park and mangrove park – green aspects of which will enhance the Mandalika as a prime new location for eco-tourism.
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The Return of Elite Motorsports to Indonesia
Almost a quarter of a century after the country hosted its last MotoGP race, Indonesia will soon return to the elite motor-racing calendar. The inclusion of the country on the MotoGP calendar will represent a giant leap for Lombok. Already attracting hundreds of investors each year, the hope is major international events – and Formula One has not been ruled out for the future – can turn the island into a year-round sporting destination.
ITDC signed a deal with Dorna Sports for MotoGP hosting rights in 2018, marking a historic breakthrough both for Lombok and the sport. With a population close to 270 million, the country famously boasts the largest motor-racing fanbase in the world, yet has hosted a race just twice in history and been absent from the racing calendar since 1997.