As This Idyllic Indonesian Island Entices Savvy Travellers and Investors in The Post-Pandemic Era
Kevin Deisser and Jack Brown, the co-founders of Invest Islands, discuss the opportunities for international buyers in the year ahead, including attractive new visa options, diverse investment models and more…
2023 is set to be a watershed year for Lombok. This idyllic Indonesian island is on the cusp of an exciting new era of long-term prosperity as international travellers, investors and major events return to its shores. At the forefront of this trend is Invest Islands, the leading real estate company, which is helping to inspire footloose, tech-savvy and eco-conscious executives to swap their urban lives for the pure shores of Lombok.
The company’s co-founders, Kevin Deisser and Jack Brown, discuss the attractive opportunities offered by Lombok in the post-pandemic era:
“Prior to the global pandemic, Lombok was already one of Asia’s most dynamic up-and-coming destinations. The Indonesian government had identified Lombok as one of the country’s ‘ten new Balis’ and the island was attracting a new wave of visitors, enabled by the new airport which started welcoming international flights in 2016 and was recently expanded for the return of the MotoGP. Many experienced travellers are keen to explore new frontiers beyond the tourist resorts of Bali – especially following the recent wave of lockdowns. With the world’s borders having reopened, Lombok is in a prime position to emerge stronger than ever in the post-Covid era,” commented Kevin Deisser.
Gran Meliá Lombok is currently under construction at Torok Bay in south Lombok, overlooking the Indian Ocean
“This outlook for Lombok today is actually even brighter now than it was in 2019,” agreed Jack Brown. “Indonesia’s Tourism & Creative Economy Ministry recently named the southern area of Mandalika as a ‘super-priority destination’ for tourism in 2023 and beyond, which is driving investment in modern infrastructure. A new long-term residency visa has also been created to attract overseas buyers to Lombok. The world has changed in the last three years and many executives and entrepreneurs, including a new generation of digital nomads, are seeking a new lifestyle away from busy cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. Lombok is perfectly positioned to meet their needs.”
Mandalika International Circuit will host the MotoGP in 2023
New flights, including Scoot’s recently-launched direct service from Singapore, are supporting the return of overseas travellers to Lombok. Major events are also returning, including the FIM Superbike World Championship which brought 45,000 spectators to the island’s Mandalika International Circuit late last year, and the 2023 Indonesian MotoGP race which is set to take place this October. These high-octane events complement Lombok’s natural attractions and activities, which include walking and cycling tours, trekking through the volcanic landscapes of Gunung Rinjani National Park, and world-class diving and snorkelling.