Indonesia hopes ‘new Bali’ will drive tourism boom but the locals of Lombok are unconvinced

Following his re-election, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will proceed with an ambitious plan to develop 10 new tourist destinations, including Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province, an island 30 minutes from Bali by plane.Widodo last week visited the special economic zone of Mandalika in southern Lombok, where more than 17 trillion rupiah (US$1.2 billion) has been invested since 2014. Widodo reaffirmed his commitment to upgrading the island into a “high-standard” destination, with one eye on…