LABUAN BAJO INFRASTRUCTURE GROWTH
Flores is emerging as the most exciting new tourism destination in Indonesia and fast becoming an alternative and a complement to Asia’s most visited tourism destination and investment attraction, Bali.
In fact, Flores is seen by many in tourism investment and by lifestyle experts as the “New Bali”. It is a place where natural resources and the environment are preserved whilst rapid economic growth and development can be managed sustainably by communities and sensible infrastructure planning.
Most recently the developments in and around Labuan Bajo have demonstrated the potential and plans for the area. The International Airport was opened in 2016, with estimates of 500,000 plus tourists visiting Labuan Bajo by 2019 and Garuda has recently announced direct flights from Singapore to Labuan Bajo. The International Hospital and School were both completed in 2016, and the new power plant was opened in 2017. There is a massive port and marina development currently underway which will see the harbor increase capacity to hold cruise ships and yachts while still being an active fishing and industrial port. This project is slated to be finished in 2019. All the while, there is a large investment in the roads around Flores with power and sealed tarmac roads going all the way to Menjaga from October 2018.