Indonesia wants to create 10 new Balis

Many Bali holidaymakers know the side island of Lombok from short trips. More contemplative and untouched than its turbulent sister, the Indonesian island has so far mainly attracted surfers and volcano fans who climb the mighty Gunung Rinjani. As early as next year, however, the government is planning to complete a mega tourism project on Lombok that is already causing heated controversy: The Mandalika Resort. UN experts and local residents speak of “land grabbing”, evictions and intimidation.

And that’s just the beginning: The authorities want to create a total of ten “new Balis” in order to attract more holidaymakers to the country and to compete with the famous island. President Joko Widodo (59) announced this strategy back in 2016.

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