Jakarta — Following the launch of Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK), the tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is gaining more and more recognition. “There are three strategic moves that NTB has successfully done and has resulted in the increase of number of tourists,” explained head of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) West Nusa Tenggara Abdul Hadi Faishal. Those three moves were the celebrations of National Press Day and Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran (MTQ) in 2016 and the launching of KEK Mandalika that fell in October 2017. All of these occasions were attended by President Joko Widodo. KEK Mandalika is deemed as the first step in the string of big programs that aims to improve Indonesia’s tourism. The area is expected to create up to 58,000 jobs and earn more than Rp 13 trillion of investments. Abdul added that Manalika is expected to have 2,000 hotel rooms by 2019. For access, a road from the airport has been built. Now it takes only 30 minutes to travel to KEK Mandalilka from Lombok International Airport. KEK Mandalika is one of the Tourism Ministry’s 10 Priority Destinations. It has a total area of 1,034 hectares stretching from Kuta Beach to Seger Beach and Tanjung Aan Beach. The area is known for its Putri Mandalaika Monument located in Seger Beach. Other tourist sites available at KEK Mandalika are Marese Hills, Sade Traditional Village and Ende Traditional Village that is home to the Sasak people.