What a wonderful start to the New Year it was in Lombok! As we said goodbye to 2012 and welcomed 2013, thousands of people flocked to our island to celebrate the holidays, with many reporting the busiest festive season ever!
With the coming year looking optimistic for Lombok, there’s every reason to expect this will be an exceptional year in terms of tourism and investment. Oh well… we know we can’t keep paradise a secret forever!
As a new year begins, it is time to reflect on the changes 2012 brought to Lombok and to speculate about what the coming year may hold for our beautiful island.
The Lombok International Airport opened to mixed reactions on 1 October 2011 but has come into its own during 2012. Most travellers rate Lombok’s airport experience as efficient and hassle-free (particularly in comparison to the mess at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport over the past year!)
The Indonesian government has formally announced the list of national holidays for 2013. A total of 19 days have been designated “holidays”, and include international and religious holidays, as well as “shared holidays” or (cuti bersama), usually to form long weekends around national holidays.
The holidays listed below apply to all government offices, as well as most banks and public businesses. Shops and shopping malls, as well as cafés, bars, restaurants, and hotels are generally open.