The Australian ambassador to Indonesia is looking to boost tourism in Indonesia by funding the creation of 10 new Balis. The project is looking rather exciting as the funding behind it is big and could help in boosting the tourism in Indonesia. The Federal Government’s commitment to try and help boost tourism in Indonesia will surely be helped out with the project.
ABC reports that Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson revealed the Australian government’s plan on providing funding through the World Bank. This funding will help create 10 new Balis which serve as a way to further increase tourism in Indonesia. Bali is the most popular tourist spot in Indonesia and if the country is able to create more areas like this, then the number of tourists visiting the country could drastically increase.
This new plan to help out Indonesia apparently dominated discussions with Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan in Jakarta. After the discussion, Grigson notes that even Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been talking about the prospect of creating 10 new Balis.
The funding is in its early stages for now, and a draft reveals that Indonesia is looking to get a $230 million loan for developing three new locations which will serve as new tourism hotspots. The targeted areas for the hotspots are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara and Borobudur temple site in Yogyakarta in Central Java. For now, we’ve yet to see just how much Australia will add to the funding.
The budget behind the project is facing a few other problems aside from the lack of funds though. According to the draft, other main concerns of Indonesia include poor infrastructure and services, a small workforce dedicated to tourism, weak environment for private investment and weak government agencies.