Belitung Island to be developed into tourism zone

Belitung Island to be developed into tourism zone
One of the kaolin lakes of Belitung Island, Indonesia

The government is determined to develop Belitung Island as a special tourism zone to tap existing potential by building synergy in an area home to entertainment centres, convention facilities and hotels.

The determination to boost tourism on the island was revealed by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo during his visit to Belitung on Saturday.

Speaking at the national working conference of the alumna of the Bandung Institute of Technology in Belitung, Indroyono said that in order to help support tourism development, new power stations had been built.

"A trial operation has been carried out on two 16 megawatts power stations and they are expected to be in operation within the next two months," said the minister, who during the visit was accompanied by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and Bangka Belitung Governor Rustam Effendi.

Indroyono added that further support for the development of the tourism sector would be in the form of the extension of the HAS Hanandjoeddin Airport runway from 2,225 meters at present to 2,550 meters.

"This year the expansion will cover 100 meters and the rest will be built in the following years," he said.

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