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ISSUE 231

 

GILI ISLANDS FIND THEIR OWN IDENTITY… as Tourism Stretches Beyond Bali

The Gili Islands – together with Rinjani Volcano – are Lombok’s greatest assets, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. This month, industry experts C9 Hotelworks sent us their report on the growth of the Gilis over the past 5 years… our extracts below make for interesting reading for those who have already invested in Lombok’s magical islands and for those who may invest in the future.

Once upon a time Bali’s compelling imagery of an exotic, tropical island escape with stunning sand-swept beaches captured the world’s imagination.

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LOMBOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION

Plans are underway to upgrade Lombok International Airport in anticipation of an increase in flights over the next year.

In the first stage of the upgrade, PT Angkasa Pura I (the national airport authority) has approved a budget of Rp 78 billion (approx US $6 million) to build two new aprons at Lombok International Airport.

The apron is the area of an airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, refuelled, and boarded. 

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What's Hot

Executive Chef Gianluca Visciglia has been shaking things up at Qunci Villas since he joined the team at the stylish resort in Mangsit!

Starting on Monday, 7 November Chef Gianluca will introduce “Special Nights @ Qunci” with four fabulous themed dinners on offer.

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LAND DISPUTES HAMPER MANDALIKA DEVELOPMENT

Progress on the much-touted Mandalika development project in South Lombok has been halted again – this time due to land ownership disputes.

The ‘Mandalika Resort’ is an ambitious resort concept being developed by the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) working in conjunction with the local Government. Management rights have been granted to the ITDC.

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BALI TOURIST ARRIVALS SET NEW RECORDS

With the majority of visitors to Lombok arriving via Bali, tourist arrival figures and key markets are important indicators for tourism in Lombok… particularly with Bali set to achieve record-breaking figures this year.

Industry analysts report that foreign tourist arrivals into Bali totalled 484,231 for July 2016 – an increase of 26.54% over July 2015, representing the strongest July in history for Bali tourism.

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THE DRUG WEB IN BALI

A couple of interesting articles on the popular balidiscovery.com website give a partial insight into the complex web of drug supply and distribution in Bali (and by extension, throughout Indonesia).

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a 48-year-old former Australian journalist, Giuseppe Serafino, has been arrested by police in Bali when 7.32 grams of hashish resin were found in his home in Sanur, Bali.

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LOMBOK’S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN CHARITY LUNCH @ LA CHILL BAR

Many Facebook users will be familiar with the charity organisation “Lombok’s Forgotten Children – Endri Foundation”.

Set up in 2014, the Foundation helps the sick, disabled and dying people – many of them children – who live in Lombok and who are largely ignored or “forgotten” by society.

The initiative for Lombok Forgotten Children originally came from retired New Zealand businessman, Peter Honey, who witnessed the terrible suffering of children in Lombok.

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