Indonesia’s island of Lombok heats up to welcome more tourists for MotoGP race
Indonesian tourism authorities estimated that the MotoGP race would attract at least 64,000 visitors to the island, based on the number of tickets sold. The Southeast Asian country expects the event to help boost its economic recovery.
Unfortunately, the total number of hotel rooms, homestays and villas on the island is only available to accommodate around 24,000 people, according to the latest data from tourism agency NTB.
Therefore, the authorities are currently trying to increase accommodation capacity, including preparing more homestays and glamping sites as alternatives.
Glamping is short for ‘glamorous camping’, a style of camping that involves staying in a small, self-catering accommodation with a bed and cooking facilities.
Indonesian Minister of State Enterprises Erick Thohir told reporters in Jakarta on Friday that the government aims to prepare 100,000 private homes, including empty private homes owned by residents to cover the shortage.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said glamping sites, capsule hotels and motorhomes could also be alternative places to stay.
“We have a number of glamping spots near Mandalika which will bring a lot of excitement. So besides watching MotoGP, tourists can also enjoy the beauty of Lombok‘s nature and learn about its cultures,” said Uno at a virtual press conference on Friday, just after he paid a visit to the circuit to view the final MotoGP race pre-season test.
Stella, owner of a glamping complex, has just completed the renovation of her complex located about 30 minutes by car from the circuit. She told Xinhua that the glamping site “needs a bit of a makeover” to cheer up tourists.
All of its 13 glamping tents have been fully booked for the entire month of March, the resort’s biggest achievement since Stella and her family started the business in 2014.
“This is the first time my resort has been fully booked for an entire month, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve even recruited several temporary employees to help me manage peak days,” Stella said. .
In addition, the Indonesian Ministry of Transport is preparing nearly 700 pinisi ships – traditional Indonesian iconic wooden boats originating from the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi – and a number of cruises as additional accommodations.
Uno said the number of accommodations would continue to increase and would be enough to meet the government’s goal of providing at least 100,000 rooms available for tourists.
“We are still coordinating with the NTB regional authorities for all other options available, including mapping the locations of tourist villages. We are sure that we will have enough accommodation for all tourists coming here,” said declared Uno.