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Lombok’s mega-resort takes shape

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Lombok’s mega-resort takes shape

About 1,500 hotel rooms could be operational in 2018, said Edwin Darmasetiawan, development director at the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). 

The Indonesia state-owned firm working on tourism development in the Mandalika special economic zone (KEK) in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, is pushing ahead with supporting infrastructure, including access roads, water treatment facilities and solar power plants.

About 1,500 hotel rooms could be operational in 2018, said Edwin Darmasetiawan, development director at the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). 

Among hotels brands expected to open are Pullman, Club Med, Royal Tulip, Marriott and InterContinental.

“We have also started the construction of the Mandalika Grand Mosque to make the KEK Mandalika a Muslim-friendly destination,” said Darmasetiawan.

He said that ITDC was currently carrying out various empowerment programmes for Lombok people, especially those who lived in the Mandalika area. These included English language and hospitality training. 

“Based on our projection, the KEK Mandalika can absorb more than 5,000 workers in 2018,” Darmasetiawan added.

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