Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia boost tourism, create 10 new Balis

Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia boost tourism, create 10 new Balis

Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia has emphasised the Federal Government’s commitment to try and help boost tourism in Indonesia.
On Monday, Paul Grigson said Australia would be providing funding through the World Bank to help create 10 new Balis.

That commitment reportedly dominated discussions with Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan, in Jakarta on Monday afternoon.
“We talked mainly about tourism and the master plans that we are funding through the World Bank to help Indonesia with its tourism plans,” Mr Grigson said after emerging from the discussion.

“We are talking about how we might work with Indonesia on developing the 10 new Balis that the President [Joko Widodo] talks about.”

A draft World Bank document shows Indonesia is seeking a $US180 million ($230 million) loan to initially develop three locations as new tourism hotspots and an additional $US570 million ($721 million) from the World Bank based on results.

The three locations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, and Borobudur temple site in Yogyakarta in Central Java.

The peninsula of Tanjung Lesung in Banten is considered one of the locations to create Indonesia’s next Bali.

The Government of Indonesia has decided to transform Indonesia’s economy using tourism as one of the main growth drivers,” the draft World Bank document said.

The document did not state how much funding the Australian Government was contributing.

It said the Indonesian Government wanted to increase international arrivals from 9 to 20 million between 2014 and 2019 and tourism from 4 per cent to 20 per cent of GDP over the same period.

Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesia President Joko Widodo make a visit to Tanah Abang market in Jakarta.

But the draft document stated there were four main constraints to this happening, including poor infrastructure and services, a limited tourism workforce, weak environment for private investment, and weak government agencies.
It also noted the importance of potential environmental and social impacts related to development and “issues like resettlement and planning for indigenous peoples”.
The Indonesian Government has also said, among others, it wanted Tanjun Lesung in Banten, the Thousand Islands near Jakarta, and Tanjung Kelayan in Belitung to be considered as Indonesia’s next Bali-like destinations.

The World Bank also noted to build on Bali’s success large new infrastructure investments including airports, toll roads and ports were needed.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lyn says:

    really??? Why????


  2. D. Alam says:

    Again our government is selling us out, we have do many needs here with unemployment and homeless increasing and the government crying poor and cutting everthing to the bone and having a fire sale on our infrastructure.


  3. yiamu says:

    it seems regulation is always being put in place to restrict Australian tourism and now Australia is to help another country to be able to better compete against Australia.
    I don’t know what others think about this but it doesn’t sound like a smart move to me.


  4. Rob says:

    This is ridiculous, Indonesia is.a huge Country, huge manufacturing , forestry, fishing, and the.list goes on!! We will be getting less Tourist Dollars when these resorts are built. By the way, one of Bali’s charms is its religion. I wonder if the new resorts will be the same.


  5. Rhonda Rush says:

    We need to put s stop to this money that could help our country


  6. kakipanah46 says:

    Australia is really turning blind.Wake up Australia,wake up !


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