Mandalika Resort is a $3 billion worth development project spread out over 1,250 hectares in the southern part of Lombok Island, which includes a notable emphasis on using the latest green technologies and sustainable energy sources. The project is indicative of government plans to develop ecotourism destinations in new areas of Indonesia, therefore Lombok has received a huge investment support and seen dramatic changes over the past few months.
The main plan is to secure a green and sustainable future for the region, for which the Mandalika project is preparing the use of solar power plants, water treatment facilities and allocating more than 51% as ‘green space’. According to ITDC, the solar power plant will utilize land under the solar panels as a greenhouse to grow crops organically. The company will develop the solar power plant in stages and expects it to reach full capacity by 2019. In addition, an electric train network will be set up to provide an eco-friendly mode of transportation. In synergy with the natural settings, the project will also feature a cable car for public recreational transport. Such hybrid energy technology is projected to provide half of the resort’s power demand, projected to reach 110 megawatts by 2025.
The ambitious sustainable development project from the ITDC also sets out their plan to involve and empower the local people of Lombok, creating around 5,000 new jobs and offering various empowerment programs, especially for those who lived in the Mandalika area. These include English language courses and hospitality training.
The mega resort comprises five-star hotels and facilities from brands such as the Paramount Pictures, Pullman, Club Med, Royal Tulip, Marriott and InterContinental. About 1,500 hotel rooms are expected to be operational by 2018, said Edwin Darmasetiawan, development director at the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).
With its cutting-edge construction and superior facilities, along with the natural beauty and cultural authenticity of its surroundings, Lombok Island with the Mandalika has the potential to become a truly world-class ecotourism destination.
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