Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bali To Become ‘Economic Corridor’: Governor

DENPASAR

Bali is ready to become an economic corridor, Governor Made Mangku Pastika declared this week.

The governor said that for Bali to become an economic corridor was in line with the central government’s Master Plan of the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development.

“In [master plan] Bali is defined as the corridor and gateway for tourists who want to visit East Java, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT),” Governor Mangku Pastika said.

He said that in terms of infrastructure the province was ready to become gateway of tourism, not only for tourists who wanted to visit East Java, NTB and NTT, but also to Makassar, Papua and other destinations across the country.

In the near future another international airport will be built in the northern part of Bali, a toll road across water, an underpass at the Dewa Ruci junction in Kuta and a rail road around the island for railway tourism, he said.

“And again I say that Bali is absolutely ready to support the [master plan],” the governor said.

He asserted that there was no problem with tourism planning in Bali as a gateway for tourism in Indonesia.

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