BELITUNG, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno is planning to develop basic infrastructure in the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone (SEZ). This area is located in Belitung Island, Bangka Belitung Province.
The development of Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone is aimed to speed up the local growth as the model of regional development breakthrough for economic growth, such as industry, tourism, and creative economy. The development will create tourist attractions and employment as wide as possible.
"Belitung has become the most strategic tourist icon. That is why I plan to keep developing the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone thoroughly in order to improve the destination, tourism products, and its creative economy products. As directed by the President, we will immediately prepare the tourism area which has increasing potency towards the creative economy," Sandiaga on Sunday (02/07/2021)
Earlier, the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone was inaugurated by Indonesian President Joki Widodo on March 14, 2019. The area was included in the ten priority tourism destinations that has increased in several tourism aspects such as amenities, access, tourist attractions, and creative economy products.
"In the past years, the development of the Special Economic Zone has increased. Belitung already has five-star hotel facilities with 108 rooms, and have secured investments from prospective investors. It is one of the Special Economic Zone development progresses that we need to appreciate. Besides, the amenities, access, tourist attractions, and creative economy products have increased as well," the Minister said.
One of the investors, PT. Setra Gita Nusantara, has invested their capital in Sheraton Belitung Resort, and hopes that other prospective investors also do the same.
With a total area of 324.4 hectares, the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone has a tourism development concept of Socially and Environmentally Responsible Development and Cultural Preservation. The concept is very suitable with the strategy of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy that focuses on quality tourism and sustainable tourism. Therefore, the development of the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone needs to be supported and to be implemented so that the citizens can feel the benefits, especially in employment.
"Aside from the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone, there are also the Sungai Liat Special Economic Zone and the Tanjung Gunung Special Economic Zone which we should develop," Sandiaga added.
In developing the Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone, there are some challenges. These include tax holiday which is related to tax incentives in the Special Economic Zone and the implementation of health protocols which is expected to be done well.
"We will help the coordination regarding the tax holiday. For the health protocols, we will try to improve it as we monitor and evaluate," Sandiaga said.
He continued that the revival of tourism is not determined by how we decide to go or not, but it is how we go to the tourism place by implementing strict health protocols.