In a move that is expected to significantly enhance tourism in the province, work has begun on a Rp 400 billion (US$30.02 million) development of the Marina commercial zone in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara.
Supported by the Indonesian government and driven by three major development companies, the project involves construction of a commercial complex and hotels, to be built over an 8,000 square metre plot of land. In addition, the development will also see the construction of main port infrastructure, designed to accommodate cruise ships and up to 70 yachts.
The Marina commercial zone is a joint venture between three companies – state-owned seaport operator ASDP Indonesia Ferry, Pertamina’s hotel operator PT Patra Jasa and state-owned construction firm PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PP). As such, the Indonesian government is fully invested – both financially and conceptually – in the project.
State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno made a personal appearance to break ground on the new project and make a statement to the assembled press. She named Labuan Bajo as one of her favourite tourism locations in Indonesia: “I fell in love with Labuan Bajo after I first visited several months ago”, said the Minister. “Labuan Bajo has amazing potential”, she continued.
“Our plan is to include a fish-landing center as part of this development. The State Enterprises Ministry will develop a better, more modern market such as the ones in Japan,” said Rini.
Construction of the Marina Port is expected to be completed by December 2018. The new features and facilities will dramatically beautify the area and accelerate development on a wider scale in West Manggarai.