Friday, May 1, 2009

Lombok, getting on my nerves

Someone please stab me in the eye.

Look, I love Lombok as much as the next guy. But the western media's obsession with 'The Next Bali' story is starting to rub me the wrong way. To wit, here's the latest version from Forbes. The trope goes thusly: Bali and its execrable Kuta Beach are overrun with hammered (usually Australian) tourists, therefore it's time to look to other undiscovered islands in the archipelago ... and hey, there's Lombok right next door. Write it up!

If I see one more article like this I'm going to go postal. First of all, Lombok is not as 'undiscovered' as clueless feature editors would have you believe. Second, this story is about 20 years old. Third, there are 14,000 other islands that could use a bit of the spotlight (and accompanying tourist dollars), not just Lombok.

So editors of the world, take note. Of course print journalism is dying a quick death anyways, so this message may get to you a little too late.


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27 comments:

Tom Bali said...

In the long term Lombok will be developed for the Arabic market. More and more tourists coming from Middle-East and Bali is not exactly what they are looking for. Now look at the new airport and the investors involved in huge projects on Lombok. Lombok very likely will become the Bali for the Middle-East market.

Therry said...

Noooooooooooo!!!! Leave our islands alone!!! The less people who find out about them, the better it is for those islands.

Human tend to destroy and exploit those islands - they're alright just as they are right now.

Christopher Taylor said...

I agree Therry ... everyone should stay away ... except me of course. :)

DenishTheGreen said...

Ewww, is he/she did not use some research first or what? Why Lombok (again) there are lots more.

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hard said...

there are thousands of islands in Indonesia, unfortunately not all islands are empowered to optimally tourist attraction. Remember, the goal is not to exploit nature, but rather to develop tourism potential in the local area, thus, will promote local community economy.

dee-nesia said...

Yupz. That's the easiest way of making conclusion and news. To be objective and doing a deep research is also time consuming, maybe that's the reason why that such cheap news could come out

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yes, agreed that Lombok is pretty well known already but still consider under the shadow of Bali. But I do agree there are many more real hidden wonders in Indonesia ;)
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