Plane tickets to Lombok boost tourism at the island

The operation of Lombok’s new international airport has paved the way for the island’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination, a survey finds.

Tourism Solutions International (TSI), the Singapore-based hospitality investment firm, disclosed in its latest research report that the increase in international arrivals to Lombok — a tourist destination near to the already world-famous destination of Bali — is partly thanks to the island’s new international airport.

Based on TSI, passenger arrivals in Lombok stood at 896, 348 this year, an increase from 579, 705 people in 2009. “International arrivals accounted for less than 2 percent of arrivals, ” it said.

Passenger arrivals in Lombok increased in order to nearly one million in 2013, with international arrivals exceeding 41, 000, or doubling to approximately 4 percent of total landings, compared to 17, 032 recorded this year.

“This is a substantial market dynamic that is impacting the particular tourism market, ” TSI said.

The firm said it expects that international landings will rise to approximately 7 percent of total arrivals within 2014 “if current international air service remains constant”.

“Providing international flight frequency will not change in 2014, we project that the arrival figure will be approximately 70, 000 in 2014, ” it said.

The newest 551-hectare airport in Lombok started operation in 2011. The terminal capacity is 3 million arrivals each year, with a planned runway extension to support larger planes.

“The airport’s location is expected to create a shift from northwest Lombok […] being the only major tourism center, to enable south Lombok and its beaches a chance to be looked at as a second major destination hub, ” it said.

Despite the rise in the number of international arrivals, global tourist numbers remain relatively low, which, according to the report, is owing to the limited number of direct plane tickets.

“There were greater than 220 domestic flights per week plus 11 international flights per week this year, ” it said.

Until almost the end of this year, Silk Air was the only global carrier flying to Lombok, which is why Singapore was the top feeder marketplace in 2012, with 19 percent, meant for direct air arrivals to Lombok, according to the report.

This year, Europeans, namely from Germany, the united kingdom and France, accounted for a third of international arrivals, while Malaysia contributed about 10 percent.

New flights from Kuala Lumpur, which usually started in November 2012, as well as plane tickets from Perth, Australia, that began in September 2013 and through Singapore in November 2013 are usually causing further shifts in important markets in 2014, according to the survey.

International visitors tend to stay longer, with an average journey length of almost four days, compared to three days for domestic travelers in 2012.

Hotels plus upper-tier resorts

TSI also revealed the rise in the number of hotels and upper-tier resorts within Lombok, dubbed as one of the world’s growing destinations.

Quoting information from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), TSI said that from 2010 in order to 2012, the hotel room supply of three- to five-star hotels has grown in a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 28. 5 percent, to reach almost 2, 400 rooms in 2012, compared to approximately 1, 400 rooms in 2010.

“The main raise has been in three-star hotels, which symbolizes about 42 percent of this existing supply; while four-star hotels symbolize 47 percent and the balance becoming five-star hotels, most of which are less than 40 rooms in size, ” this said.

Apart from hotels, top tier resorts also recorded robust growth in terms of occupancy rate in the last two years.

Qunci Villa and Sudamala resorts in Mangsit Beach have continued in order to expand thanks to the new growing marketplace.

“Qunci Villas continued to be in the mid 80 percent guests range through an expansion that doubled [it] in size this year, ” the report said.

According to TSI, the next stage in Lombok’s evolution includes the introduction of attractions and tourism support facilities ranging from improved healthcare facilities, terrain tour operators, wedding planners and other notable cultural attractions.

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The operation of Lombok’s new international airport has paved the way for the island’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination, a survey finds.

Tourism Solutions International (TSI), the Singapore-based hospitality investment firm, disclosed in its latest research report that the increase in international arrivals to Lombok — a tourist destination near to the already world-famous destination of Bali — is partly thanks to the island’s new international airport.

Based on TSI, passenger arrivals in Lombok stood at 896, 348 this year, an increase from 579, 705 people in 2009. “International arrivals accounted for less than 2 percent of arrivals, ” it said.

Passenger arrivals in Lombok increased in order to nearly one million in 2013, with international arrivals exceeding 41, 000, or doubling to approximately 4 percent of total landings, compared to 17, 032 recorded this year.

“This is a substantial market dynamic that is impacting the particular tourism market, ” TSI said.

The firm said it expects that international landings will rise to approximately 7 percent of total arrivals within 2014 “if current international air service remains constant”.

“Providing international flight frequency will not change in 2014, we project that the arrival figure will be approximately 70, 000 in 2014, ” it said.

The newest 551-hectare airport in Lombok started operation in 2011. The terminal capacity is 3 million arrivals each year, with a planned runway extension to support larger planes.

“The airport’s location is expected to create a shift from northwest Lombok […] being the only major tourism center, to enable south Lombok and its beaches a chance to be looked at as a second major destination hub, ” it said.

Despite the rise in the number of international arrivals, global tourist numbers remain relatively low, which, according to the report, is owing to the limited number of direct plane tickets.

“There were greater than 220 domestic flights per week plus 11 international flights per week this year, ” it said.

Until almost the end of this year, Silk Air was the only global carrier flying to Lombok, which is why Singapore was the top feeder marketplace in 2012, with 19 percent, meant for direct air arrivals to Lombok, according to the report.

This year, Europeans, namely from Germany, the united kingdom and France, accounted for a third of international arrivals, while Malaysia contributed about 10 percent.

New flights from Kuala Lumpur, which usually started in November 2012, as well as plane tickets from Perth, Australia, that began in September 2013 and through Singapore in November 2013 are usually causing further shifts in important markets in 2014, according to the survey.

International visitors tend to stay longer, with an average journey length of almost four days, compared to three days for domestic travelers in 2012.

Hotels plus upper-tier resorts

TSI also revealed the rise in the number of hotels and upper-tier resorts within Lombok, dubbed as one of the world’s growing destinations.

Quoting information from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), TSI said that from 2010 in order to 2012, the hotel room supply of three- to five-star hotels has grown in a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 28. 5 percent, to reach almost 2, 400 rooms in 2012, compared to approximately 1, 400 rooms in 2010.

“The main raise has been in three-star hotels, which symbolizes about 42 percent of this existing supply; while four-star hotels symbolize 47 percent and the balance becoming five-star hotels, most of which are less than 40 rooms in size, ” this said.

Apart from hotels, top tier resorts also recorded robust growth in terms of occupancy rate in the last two years.

Qunci Villa and Sudamala resorts in Mangsit Beach have continued in order to expand thanks to the new growing marketplace.

“Qunci Villas continued to be in the mid 80 percent guests range through an expansion that doubled [it] in size this year, ” the report said.

According to TSI, the next stage in Lombok’s evolution includes the introduction of attractions and tourism support facilities ranging from improved healthcare facilities, terrain tour operators, wedding planners and other notable cultural attractions.

Read also:

Gi opens new routes to Jayapura and Lombok

Glamorous camps and beach huts within Bali and Lombok

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