Mandalika Resort Project
The Tourism Ministry has pledged over US$65 million, to grow the Kuta Beach region’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) market, and potential for hosting large-scale events, corporate meetings and exhibitions. The first and largest endeavour is the Mandalika Resort Project, a US$3 billion development on the southern edge of Lombok. Currently under construction on a 1,175-hectare plot of land, the Mandalika will house 12,000 hotel rooms, with brands such as Pullman, Paramount Resort, Club Med, Grand Mercure Hotel. There will also be 350,000m2 of commercial space, a 78-berth yacht marina, a water park, and theme park within the destination.
Local governments mandate new tourism builds to have 51% dedicated ‘green space’ for preservation of the land and culture. With Mandalika, there will not only be an eco-park and green spaces, but also solar energy farms and Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plants for desalination and clean drinking water in the Kuta region. The area also plans for an electric light rail train and cable cars, continuing the push for public transportation in developed regions of Indonesia.