In this issue we review the changes 2014 brought to Lombok and speculate about what the coming year may hold for our beautiful island.
It is now three years since the Lombok International Airport opened on 1 October 2011. Contrary to what the government and tourism authorities expected, the opening didn’t cause airlines to change schedules and rush to create new routes out of Lombok, although the number of international connections is steadily growing each year.
• After its successful “Month of Love” programme last year, Qunci Villas is again running a series of special events in January and February this year celebrating romance and love of food and the arts!
From 20 January, the stylish resort in Mangsit will host two artists-in-residence: Ni Ketut Ayu Sri Wardani and Erland Sibuea. Anyone who would like to meet these respected Indonesian artists and view them at work is invited to visit Qunci from 20 January to 7 February.
CREATOR OF SENGGIGI ARTIFICIAL REEF SELECTED AS TEMPO ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Teguh Ostenrik, the artist who created the underwater sculpture for the ARTificial Reef at Senggigi Beach, has been selected as ‘Artist of the Year 2014’ in Visual Arts Category by Tempo Magazine.
Teguh, who appears on the cover of Tempo Magazine’s 5-11 January 2015 edition, was artist-in-residence at Qunci Villas during their “Month of Love” programme last year when he conceived the idea of creating an underwater sculpture for Senggigi.
The Indonesian Government has decreed 19 national public holidays in 2015. This total is comprised of 15 official holidays and 4 “shared holidays” designated by the government to create long weekends and encourage domestic tourism.
The number of official holidays and shared holidays in 2015 is three days less than 2014 (which had 22 holidays).
The Gili Islands, off the northwest coast, continue to be the biggest tourist attraction in Lombok and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Lombok every year.
It is now almost impossible to count the number of fast boat companies operating services between Bali and the Gilis. Very few people travelling to the Gilis use the airport anymore, as fast boats link the islands to Bali in around 1 and 1/2 hours. Some even advertise the Gilis as being “islands off Bali”... cheeky devils!