Indonesia's Gem in Sports Tourism

Hosting MotoGP and World Superbike championships, Mandalika emerges as a global sports tourism destination. With solid infrastructure and collaborative efforts, it aims to bolster tourism and economy in West Nusa Tenggara. Supported by government and stakeholders, Mandalika showcases Indonesia's international event hosting capabilities while preserving its natural allure.

Mandalika, located in the picturesque island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, is fast becoming a global hotspot for sports tourism, as highlighted by Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises(SOEs) in Indonesia. During a recent MotoGP press conference, he shared insights into the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ)'s burgeoning reputation as a premier destination for sports enthusiasts around the world.

Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit, Lombok

"Mandalika is experiencing a remarkable phase of recognition, especially among MotoGP aficionados, which is significantly boosting tourist arrivals," Wirjoatmodjo noted. The area is not only famed for its adrenaline-pumping MotoGP and World Superbike championships but also hosts a variety of other sporting events such as the Shell Eco Marathon, the L’Etape cycle race, the TNI Marathon, and an array of water sports, making it a versatile sports tourism destination.

Beyond the thrill of sports, Mandalika is a haven for marine tourism, boasting pristine beaches and captivating underwater experiences. The deputy minister underscored the pivotal role of solid infrastructure, including roads, public transportation, and hospitality services, in propelling Mandalika's popularity among both local and international visitors.

Pullman Lombok Merujani Mandalika Beach Resort

The collective efforts of the government, tourism authorities, investors, and the local community are focused on enhancing Mandalika's appeal. "We are hopeful that events like the MotoGP will serve as a catalyst for developing sports tourism destinations and bring substantial economic benefits to West Nusa Tenggara," he added.

Echoing these sentiments, Ari Respati, President Director of the Indonesia Tourism Development Center (ITDC), emphasized the organization's commitment to developing Mandalika as a sustainable sports tourism hub. The MotoGP Mandalika 2023 event has already become a symbol of local pride and a testament to the government's vision for sports tourism development.

Mandalika beach, Lombok

With the support of In Journey, the state-owned holding company, and the dedicated efforts of ITDC, Mandalika is set on a path of sustainable growth. Its status as a sports tourism gem in Indonesia not only showcases the country's ability to host international sporting events but also its commitment to preserving natural beauty while fostering economic development.

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