Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia extended an invite to the Jumeirah Group hotel chain based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to invest in three tourist destinations in Indonesia.

The three destinations are Raja Ampat in West Papua, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, and Labuan Bajo-Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

"Jumeirah is in a hurry to expand its hotel network to various countries," Lahadalia remarked after receiving Chief Brand & Communication Officer of Jumeirah Group Florence Dubois at Pavilion Indonesia in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday.

In a written statement in Jakarta on Tuesday, Bahlil brought attention to his presence at the Indonesian Pavilion in a series of activities at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 held in Davos, Switzerland. Jumeirah Group is one of the eight global corporations scheduled to meet with Bahlil at the WEF 2020.

Jumeirah Group recently launched Jumeirah Nanjing, China, with a capacity of 212 rooms and 49 suites. The hotel is Jumeirah's second hotel in China, after Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai.

In conversation with Dubois, Lahadalia echoed the government's readiness to oversee Jumeirah's greater investment in Indonesia.

"Hence, we offer Jumeirah to invest in Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, and Labuan Bajo," Lahadalia noted.

Jumeirah has also just officially operated Jumeirah Living in Guangzhou and Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Promotion Director of BKPM Imam Soejoedi said that Jumeirah is currently completing as many as seven new hotels, one of which is the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa that offers 90 rooms and 13 villas.

"In Indonesia, he built Jumeirah Bali in the South Jimbaran area that was developed with PT Asia Pacific Properti, which is under the auspices of PT Anggada Putra Rekso Mulia (Rekso Group)," Soejoedi expounded.

In addition to providing 80 suites, the luxury resort on the Island of the Gods, which stands on 11 hectares of land, also presents 25 exclusive villas, with investment reaching US$150 million.

Florence Dubois has vowed to follow up on Bahlil's offer. He views the Indonesian market as holding vast potential.

Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo had earlier spoken of the government augmenting all options to expedite the development of five super-priority tourism destinations, including encouraging foreign investment.

Tanoesoedibjo remarked that the foreign investment option can be pursued by adhering to the rules in Indonesia.

"Not only foreign capital but the ministry of tourism and creative economy is also encouraging domestic private parties to invest in developing five super-priority tourism destinations,” the minister stated.

"All options that offer significant benefits to the community will be maximized," she noted in a written statement in Jakarta on Monday.

Angela highlighted the government’s target to develop infrastructure in the five super-priority tourism destinations: Borobudur, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, Lake Toba, and Likupang.

The development of infrastructure in the five-super priority tourism destinations should be completed by 2020 in tune with President Joko Widodo's instruction.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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