Deputy Minister: Mandalika circuit can help boost tourism in Lombok
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Mandalika Circuit, which is expected to host world-class events, will help promote the sustainability of tourism in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in Lombok, in western Nusa Tenggara and surrounding areas, said the Deputy Minister of State Enterprises.
“We hope, of course, that this is not something that is right for a moment, not just based on a project, not just every now and then, but we really hope that with the construction of the Mandalika International Circuit , it will become an annual cycle event which can be followed by various other activities, ”Pahala Nugraha Mansury said at a virtual press conference from Jakarta on Thursday.
He said the targets for the peak events in Mandalika are MotoGP and World Superbike, but throughout the year, as seen from November 2021 to March 2022, other international events are expected will also take place in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone.
“So (the circuit) can spark (interest) people. Like I said about the MotoGP event, every grand prix is watched by over 400 million people around the world. that it will also push the world community to know that there are many tourist destinations in Indonesia, ”he added.
The tour is expected to encourage foreign tourists to visit Indonesia and also bring domestic tourists to come to West Nusa Tenggara, which is one of the five super-priority destinations proclaimed by President Joko Widodo, Mansury said.
“I believe that tourism not only provides infrastructure, culture and experience in these destinations, but also various other experiences. Including the experience of watching MotoGP races or other events that may take place there. “, he added.
“We hope that is all our effort to understand how Lombok, as a top priority tourist destination, can really be developed in the future,” he said.
Mansury, West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah and some directors of state-owned companies on Thursday unveiled the official name of Mandalika’s international circuit, Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit.
House of Representatives Committee X member Andreas Hugo Pareira said the Mandalika International Circuit, which is being prepared for the MotoGP event, has had a multiplier effect on the development of the Mandalika SEZ and the well-being of the people of Lombok. , NTB, and its surroundings.
Pareira said the Mandalika SEZ is a tourist complex with adequate area and is supported by all existing facilities.
The Mandalika circuit is expected to boost the development and promotion of tourism in the Mandalika SEZ, Lombok, in particular, and Indonesia, in general, he added.
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