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Bangka Belitung builds a 4-star tourism destination center

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Bangka Belitung province has been developing a 4-star tourism destination center in Sungai Liat, Bangka regency since 2021 worth IDR307.32 billion from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The location will have rich natural resources and utilize these resources for the ecotourism project.

Sungal Liat is a capital district of Bangka regency in Bangka-Belitung. The has 94,000 population with an area of 635 square kilometers (sqm). It offers a beautiful natural environment with many projects currently in the making. 

Bangka Belitung is an archipelagic province in Indonesia, close to neighboring country of Singapore. Out of 470 islands in the province, only 50 of them have inhabitants. The province has an area of 16,424sqm and it boasts 15 investments. Its infrastructure consists of two industrial centers, two airports, 26 ports, 25 educational facilities, 103 hotels and 23 hospitals.

The BKPM is a government agency in charge of implementing policy and service coordination in the investment sector in accordance with the regulations. The agency was founded in 1973 and is currently being led by Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia since 2021.

Opportunities for tourism

The 4-star resort & convention center is a tourism destination priority (DSP) in Bangka Belitung which is a top priority investment in Indonesia. The project was established in 2021 with an investment worth IDR307.32 billion, an interest rate of return (IRR) of 13.18%, a net present value (NPV) of IDR266.69 billion and a payback period of 7.25 years.

The project is located in Sungai Liat. The region boasts a rich beautiful environment waiting to be explored, with many beautiful white sand beach along its coasts. The province also offers a rich history and culture.

Geologically, the place has a lot of granite stone hills. Meanwhile, the location of Sungai Liat will be a resort center for the whole coast starting from Rebo beach until Rambak beach.

Investors will get incentives such as import facility. The facility will be given to business actors giving free tariffs to carry out their business activities in the industrial sector that produces goods and/or services.

Problems of flooding

Flooding has become a problem in Sungai Liat district due to its close proximity to the sea, which caused the rising of sea level, added with long heavy rain. Recently, many houses were indundated in Sungai Liat.

“Although the water has not yet entered the residents’ houses, its height reached between 30 and 75 centimeters,” said Mohammad Rozi, neighborhood head of Parit Pekir, an area in Sungai Liat district, on February 4, 2022.

“The riverbanks can’t hold the water flow from the river,” he said, adding that the ditch were not repaired and the water reached a one-meter height last year.

The province is also prone to radicalism and terrorism. A survey by the Coordinating Forum on the Eradication of Terrorism (FPKT) said Bangka-Belitung has a high potential to be influenced by radicalism, especially among children.

“We strongly support the radicalism eradication program, of course by referring to this ministerial circular letter. Therefore, I suggest my FKPT colleagues to immediately submit proposals for operational activities in preventing radicalism in Bangka Belitung,” said Amri Cahyadi, Deputy Speaker of Bangka Belitung Provincial Representative Council (DPRD), on March 4, 2022.

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