A US$3billion resort called the Mandalika Project is currently being developed in south Lombok in an area totaling approximately 1175 hectares and around 16km of pristine coastline. With the support of the government-backed Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the project is one of the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and is aimed at making Lombok a world-class tourism destination.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in October 2017 with the specific aim of promoting tourism. Mandalika is 40 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Mataram, and is located near Kuta beach on its western side. The Special Economic Zone is expected to be different from the mainstream tourist destinations like Nusa Dua in Bali, which is famous for business meetings and exhibitions.
The project aims at developing various facilities, roads, and infrastructure including over 10,000 luxury hotel rooms and an international motor racing street circuit
Host to A Mega Motorcycle Racing Event
Indonesia is set to host a world-class motorbike racing championship event once again – the MotoGP. It has been more than two decades since an event of this kind was held in Indonesia, however, the dream of the MotoGP is alive again after a deal was agreed with Dorna Sport’s MotoGP at the end of 2018. A track is now being developed on the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara with construction beginning in October 2019 – a project managed by French construction company Vinci.
MotoGP: A Premier Motorsport Competition
MotoGP is a premier road racing championship tournament. It has its roots in Europe where it came into being after FIM (Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme) imposed regulations for motorcycle racing for the first time in 1949.
The commercial rights now belong to Dorna Sports, with FIM acting as the governing body. There are four entities that make the Grand Prix commission comprising of the International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA) – who represent the teams; Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association (MSMA) – who represent the manufacturers; FIM and Dorna.
Source: MotoGP Lombok