Motorcycle racing events — the World Superbike (WSBK) and MotoGP 2022 — in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), will have a multiplier effect on the economy, Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) stated.
“We believe that the motorcycle racing event that will take place in Mandalika will have a multiplier effect on the economy and accelerate tourism recovery in Indonesia and especially NTB,” ITDC Director of Finance, Strategy and Risk Management, Nugdha Achadie, noted in a statement via a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Achadie noted that based on calculations, the multiplier effect will be apparent from the economic value generated from the WSBK and MotoGP events, reaching at least Rp500 billion, with a workforce of 7,945 people.
In addition, the event will increase the absorption of at least three thousand Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) workers, boost tourist visits to Lombok by 19 percent, and strengthen the country’s branding for Indonesia.
“Hence, we seek prayers and support of all parties, so that the world-class motorcycle racing event that we will hold at Mandalika can run well,” he emphasized.
With regard to Mandalika’s readiness to hold WSBK, the work to construct the circuit track is 100-percent complete and ready for use. The construction of several supporting facilities, such as race control, pit building, and a medical center, is targeted to be ready for use when the race commences.
In addition, ITDC collaborates with the Indonesian National Defense Force (TNI) and National Police (Polri) to prepare a command center as a security control center during the event.
The ITDC has also collaborated with the Transportation Ministry to handle traffic management to facilitate the flow of spectators from Mandalika to several areas in Lombok and vice versa.
In addition, a health protocol task force will be alerted at the event location as well as mask tents will be readied for mask distribution.