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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Heraldreports 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.