Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, accompanied by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, officiated at the Groundbreaking ceremony for the very first hotel to be built at the Zone from the Dharmawangsa Group. Simultaneously signed has been the MoU between the Bank BTN together with the Ministry of Tourism to offer loans to small investors to build homestays on Belitung, so that the effects of tourism spending could immediately be enjoyed also by the local population.
The Bangka-Belitung Governor Rustam Effendy was also present in the ceremony. Belitung being part of this Bangka-Belitung Province located southeast off the island of Sumatra. The event was, furthermore, witnessed, and participated by members of the Diplomatic Corps in Indonesia.
Tanjung Pandan to be Global Airport before end of the year
After review of The region and Belitung Island, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya verified that as a first step to facilitate and accelerate tourist arrivals, the HAS Hanandjoeddin airport in Tanjung Pandan, together with code name TJQ. Will be designated an international airport before December 2016, able to obtain B.737-800 aircraft. Because of this Minister Budi Karya also urged Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, and Lion Air to increase their flights to Belitung from Indonesian in addition to overseas cities. The airstrip is going to be extended to 2,500 meters, and the terminal enlarged to cater to 20,000 passengers.
Minister Budi Karya Also guaranteed to have regular buses working the distance between the 30 km stretch from the airport into Tanjung Kelayang SEZ. Additionally, for the pleasure of tourists, there will also be boats for island hopping. The Dharmawangsa Group Beneath the flag of the PT. Belitung Maritime Silk Road Consortium.
In the first stage, this segment includes the theme: Indonesia Heritage in the Dutch Era. The hotel is anticipated to become operational by 17 August 2018. Whereas, the next stage is going to be called Kota Agung Majapahit Heritage, to cover 25.38 hectares. The central theme here named: Where civilizations of East and West meet.
Already in attempts to boost tourist arrivals to Belitung and hosting the worldwide yachts in the Sail Karimata rally, Belitung will stage the “Property of the Rainbow Troops Festival” according to the globally acclaimed book and movie written by author Andrea Hirata.
Keyword: Bangka-Belitung Province located southeast off the island of Sumatra