Bintan Resorts and Sriwijaya Air inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote Bintan as a destination as well as to develop a multi-destination concept. The idea is to connect also Bintan to other indonesian destinations such as Yogyakarta, Bali and Manado.
Bintan Resorts, supported by Gallant Venture Group as its holding company, will develop the infrastructure, improve accessibility to and from Bintan for both domestic and international travelers, and pair destinations in the country. Additionally, Bintan Resorts plans to expand its inventory from 1,700 to 7,000 rooms by 2020.
They are also plans to develop two new golf courses as well as golf academy, a theme park, a retirement village with medical facilitie as well as a hospitality school.
Frans Gunara, Vice President Director of Bintan Resorts Cakrawala, said, “Now travelers need to go in and out of Bintan (via) Singapore. For those that need visas to Singapore like the Chinese, they need a multiple visa if they want to go to Bintan via Singapore. With the improved access, they can enter Bintan visa-free and out of Singapore with a single visa from the ferry terminal we are building close to the airport.”
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has a target of 4.8 million international travellers visiting both neighbouring islands of Batam and Bintan. This would represent a contribution of 24 per cent of all arrivals to the country in 2019. Last year, Bintan alone received nearly 700,000 arrivals, and the destination is targeting two million arrivals by 2019.
Furthermore, Bintan Aviation Investment is currently developing Indonesia first private airport in Bintan. The airport has been delayed by two years. Originally planned to open last year, it is now expected to open by the end of 2018 following approval from the Transportation Ministry last year.
The airport will be located inside the Bintan Resorts area, in direct competition to Bintan’s Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport and Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam. there is even currently a project of renovation and expansion of Bintan current airport.
According to news website kompas.com, the initial investment for the airport is between US$100 and $150 million.The airport is expected to serve 1 million passengers and feature a Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul centre for both domestic and foreign airlines. It will be used by Sriwijaya Air as a base. According to Bintan Aviation Investment, 85% of the airport is already completed and will be open to regional traffic to boost tourism into the resort area.