Indonesia is geared up for a new tourism initiative that aims at boosting tourism and encouraging tourists to explore the country better. Titled, ’10 New Balis’, the project is an ambitious plan to diversify Indonesia reports Lonely Planet.
What does the project entail?
The plan includes upgrading provincial airports, the construction of new amenities and improving access to the chosen destinations. The government wants to transform certain islands into spots that will become as renowned as Bali. The ‘10 New Balis’ hopes to convince visitors to check out other areas in Indonesia that have thus far remained fairly untouched by tourists. Nearly 6 million people visited Bali last year.
The aim is to boost connectivity within Indonesia
The new plan to expand the tourism sector is in line with Indonesia’s broader strategy for greater infrastructure development to enhance connectivity. The destinations that will be developed under the ‘10 New Balis’ project are Lombok Mandalika and Labuan Bajo in Nusa Tenggara, Borobudur Temple, Bromo Tengger Semeru and Tanjung Lesung Beach in Java, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Tanjung Kelayang Beach in Banten, and Wakatobi and Morotai Island in North Maluku.
Officials want to make sites like the Borobudur Temple complex, a Unesco World Heritage site easily accessible to travellers. The city of Yogyakarta is getting a second airport that will open later this year. This will surely help to attract more visitors there.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo also announced his country’s plan to start building an entirely new capital city from scratch. Jakarta, the current capital is sinking. He made a statement saying, “As a large nation that has been independent for 74 years, Indonesia has never chosen its own capital,” Widodo said in a televised speech. “The burden Jakarta is holding right now is too heavy as the centre of governance, business, finance, trade, and services.”
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Reports suggest that the new capital lies in the midst of the jungle on the island of Borneo, close to the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda.