INDONESIA’S Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, paid a working visit to the Tanjung Lesung Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Pandeglang-Banten recently, during the visit, he fully supported the intention of the Tanjung Lesung SEZ to become the 1st Largest. Adventure & Nature Playground in Indonesia.

“I am sure that the development of the Tanjung Lesung SEZ to become the 1st Largest Adventure & Nature Playground in Indonesia will open up investment and employment opportunities. The impact will be to raise Indonesian tourism, especially in the Banten region,” he said.

He explained, in view of local and foreign tourist visits to the Tanjung Lesung SEZ slowly but surely continue to increase. Plus the alacrity of Banten West Java as the manager of the Tanjung Lesung area in carrying out strict health protocols. So as to create security and comfort for tourists who want to vacation in Tanjung Lesung SEZ.

“To Tanjung Lesung, now there will be more families using cars. No longer using buses since the COVID-19 pandemic. Then another consideration that makes tourists visit the Tanjung Lesung SEZ is the complete facilities and many tourist destinations in one area, such as sports. tourism and ecotourism. So that tourists don’t need to be afraid of being bored or running out of activities while on vacation at the Tanjung Lesung SEZ,” Sandiaga noted.

He added that before becoming the Minister of Tourism I had been to Tanjung Lesung. So, Tanjung Lesung brought blessings. In addition, the advantages of the Tanjung Lesung SEZ are due to the location of the Tanjung Lesung SEZ near Jakarta. So, people in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi) can travel to Tanjung Lesung on weekends.

Not forgetting, Sandiaga Uno appreciated the health protocol carried out at the Tanjung Lesung SEZ. All protocols in the CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, environment) have been complied with and are carried out in a strict and disciplined manner.

According to him, this is important, especially during the Eid Fitr 2021 holiday, where it is estimated that the Tanjung Lesung SEZ will be visited by many tourists because the government has banned Idul Fitri 1442 H homecoming in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Sandiaga also hopes that the development of tourism in the Tanjung Lesung SEZ will not forget the welfare of the surrounding community. Tourism must be a solution for economic revival.

Meanwhile, the President Director of PT BWJ Poernomo Siswoprasetijo is optimistic that the Tanjung Lesung SEZ will develop into the 1st largest adventure & nature playground in Indonesia and can improve Banten’s economy and boost the welfare of the surrounding community.

“This is because soon the Serang-Panimbang Section I toll road will be opened which will cut the travel time from Jakarta to Tanjung Lesung to around 3 hours. And if all sections of the Serang Panimbang toll road are completed in 2023, the mileage will decrease again to about 2 hours of travel,” he affirmed.

Tanjung Lesung, he continued is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Tourism and is also included in one of the “10 New Bali” programs from Tourism Ministry. Currently it is owned by PT Jababeka Tbk as an independent city developer, through its subsidiary PT Banten West Java. Where not only presents accommodation, complete facilities, and various tourist destinations. But it also sells villas and is open to various other business partnerships to further complement the area’s facilities.

With the status of a SEZ, investors who invest in opening a business will get tax holiday incentives and foreigners who buy property in Tanjung Lesung can on behalf of foreigners and make it easier to get a Permanent Residence Permit. []