Sports tourism destinations have a growth potential of more than IDR 18.5-trillion by 2024, according to Tempo, who are reporting that the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is committed to developing Mandalika to tap into this growing global trend.
ITDC President Director, Ari Respati, believes that sports tourism is sustainable because it develops according to people’s lifestyles and can attract repeat visitors. “ITDC captures a great opportunity in sports tourism and is thus ready to participate in developing sports tourism in Indonesia through organizing various sporting events in managed tourism destinations,” said Ari on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
Located in Southwest Lombok, Mandalika already offers an attractive landscape from savannah hills, marvelous beaches, to unique underwater attractions and is supported by complete facilities for sporting events, such as running, cycling, surfing, beach volleyball, trekking, paragliding, and others.
According to Ari, Mandalika sports tourism is supported by the fact the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit is home to the world’s prestigious MotoGP series, and World Superbike motorcycle racing championships. “We will optimize this motorcycle racing event as an attention puller to attract tourists to visit Mandalika,” he added.
Therefore, ahead of the WSBK which will take place on November 11-13, 2022, ITDC in tandem with the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA), as part of the ITDC Group, will focus on finalizing the preparation of the event.