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Tourism stakeholders focus on infrastructure, long-term investment amid slump

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first_imgWith the lengthy recovery, the government will focus instead on developing infrastructure at tourist spots, including creative hubs at so-called “super-priority” tourist destinations, slated to be completed by next year. The creative hubs would showcase art projects and market local products to visitors, Hari said.“We are running a rebound program for super-priority tourist destinations through the Clean, Health, Safety and Environmental protocol and through the construction of creative hubs,” he said.The government has been working to develop five super-priority tourist destinations as part of its effort to make the tourist industry one of the new drivers of the country’s economic growth. The destinations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi.The COVID-19 pandemic has depressed foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia, which plummeted 59.96 percent to 3.09 million in the first half of the year amid international border closures and travel restrictions, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. The government is focusing on improving infrastructure and bringing long-term investments to tourist destinations this year, as it projects pandemic-related pressures to continue affecting the sector in the coming years.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s deputy of destination and infrastructure development, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said on Aug. 7 that the ministry expected a full recovery of foreign tourist arrivals by 2025.This year, it estimates foreign tourist arrivals to reach between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors, well below the government’s initial target of 18 million. Amid the tourism slump, Lake Toba Tourism Authority Board (BOPDT) director Arie Prasetyo said the government was currently running several infrastructure projects to improve travel between the destinations.For example, near Lake Toba is the expansion of Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport, as well as Sibisa Airport construction.“We are also revitalizing our national roads, which have reached the 90 percent progress mark,” he said.According to Arie’s presentation document, the government is running two national road projects near the lake, the Lake Toba ring road and Samosir ring road, set to be completed this year.The government is also in the process of completing a master plan for Labuan Bajo and preparing basic tourism infrastructure at the destination to host the G-20 Summit and ASEAN Summit in 2023.Meanwhile, state-owned Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the developer of tourist destination Mandalika, projected the area’s basic infrastructure projects to reach completion by 2022.“We have submitted a proposal for a state-fund injection to the government and investment proposals to private entities to fund the island’s [infrastructure development projects],” ITDC development director Edwin Darmasetiawan said on Aug. 7.ITDC presentation documents show that the company plans to build two five-star hotels, two villa compounds and a convention hall for the G-20 and ASEAN summits.The state-owned firm previously signed agreements with 12 investors, such as global hotel chains Pullman, Marriott and Paramount, to build lodging in the region with a total investment commitment of around Rp 2.8 trillion (US$190.6 million).ITDC had also signed an investment deal in 2018 with French construction company Vinci Construction Grands Projets to build hotels, entertainment districts and a hospital with a total investment of Rp 14.2 trillion.However, ITDC also reported that negotiations with the Walt Disney Company to build a theme park on the island had faltered.“We’ve approached Disney about building a theme park in Mandalika, but they said it’s not the right time because visitor traffic was low,” Edwin said.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) investment planning coordinator Nurul Ichwan acknowledged on Aug. 5 that attracting investment in the tourism sector would be difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic and developers should change their marketing narratives.“We should prepare investment proposals that emphasize [the destinations’] long-term potentials,” he told The Jakarta Post during an online discussion held by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).According to BKPM data, foreign investment in hotels and restaurants fell 57.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter of 2020 to $48.7 million. Domestic investment in the sector also fell, by 43.6 percent yoy to Rp 2.45 trillion during the same period.Topics :last_img read more

Businessman Alan Pinkey to sell family home and relocate to coast

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first_img94 Pring St, Hendra.Meanwhile one of the two houses which he is currently building in Gordon St, Hendra is the old station master’s house which he relocated from Zillman Rd in order to maintain it’s historical value. 94 Pring St, Hendra.Brisbane entrepreneur Alan Pinkey and his wife Sharon are selling their Hendra home and keen on a sea change.South African-born Mr Pinkey, the owner of Hendra’s iconic convenience store Pinkey’s, on Zillman Rd, listed their two-level, five-bedroom home at 94 Pring St, with Ray White Ascot’s Leigh Kortlang.94 Pring St, Hendra.The property which was built 13 years ago will go to auction on June 10 at 10am.Pinkey said the time was right to sell their recently repainted home and relocate to the Gold Coast.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“I am trying to slowdown as our children are grown up. It’s a big step to sell your home, but we have been thinking about it for a while,” he said.94 Pring St, Hendra.It was in 1973 that Pinkey decide to buy a small corner store on Zillman Rd. He owns a lot of property including Hendra Plaza.Pinkey said his favourite room in the home was the bar.‘‘We have a beautiful bar and we have had some good parties through the years as we used to do a lot of entertaining,” Pinkey said.94 Pring St, Hendra.last_img read more

Thomas, Paul, Powell the focus of CPL-produced films

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first_imgEMERGING West Indies stars Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Oshane Thomas will be featured in a series of films developed in part by the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).The Hero CPL has worked with Trombone Productions and Sunset+Vine to create films that tell the stories of these most exciting of Caribbean cricketers.In each film, these talented young men travel back to their home towns to meet the people who helped them become the cricketers they are today.“We also hear from some of the superstar cricketers who they have played with in their career, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shoaib Malik giving us their thoughts on these players,” CPL said.Oshane Thomas visits the site of his brother’s murder, talks about how this impacted on his life and how he overcame this to become an international cricketer.Keemo Paul grew up in a tiny fishing village on the Essequibo River. His house had no running water and no electricity. It is more than 30 miles from the nearest road. This is where he first learned to play cricket, and the film takes viewers back to visit the community that made him the man he is today, and somewhere he still calls home.Rovman Powell takes the cameras to meet his mother who raised him and his sister on her own, sometimes working three jobs to give him the start he needed to excel at cricket.“When documenting sports people it is their on-field talent that is usually the focus, but behind every successful athlete is a story of where they came from, the people who made their careers possible and the defining moments in their lives that give them the drive and focus to become the best in the world at what they do,” said CPL’s Head of Production, Paul Pritchett-Brown.“It was a privilege to be able to go to where these impressive young men came from and to tell their stories.”You can watch the first of these films featuring Oshane Thomas via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915x1fBODE0.All three films will be available on the Caribbean Premier League YouTube and Facebook pages. They will be premiered on the following dates: Keemo Paul – May 22, 2020, Rovman Powell – June 5, 2020. (Sportsmax).last_img read more