Bintan, at the north-western tip of Indonesia, will add to its appeal to event planners with the addition of a convention centre and a new international airport. With a substantial tourist traffic in place already due to its close proximity to Singapore, The Haven Lagoi Bay Bintan will be a US$1 billion integrated resort comprising a hotel, condominiums, convention centre and other facilities and scheduled to roll out in the first quarter of 2021.
Arrivals to Bintan are expected to grow exponentially when the new Bintan Resorts International Airport becomes operational by 2020, with numbers rising at a rate of 30 to 35 per cent, taking total visitors to 3.5 million in the next five years.
The first phase of the multi-use development in Lagoi Bay of Bintan – boasting three waterfronts (sea, river and lake), two towers and a club house, a 250-room five-star hotel, a 3,000 capacity convention centre and six towers of condominium suites – are set to be completed by 2026. Arrivals to Bintan have risen 30 per cent in the past year.
After Bali, Bintan Island is the most promoted destination in Indonesia, with nine resorts set over an area of about three hundred hectares, it boasts white beaches, luxury hotels, two 18-hole golf courses, designed by famous golfers Jack Nicklaus and Ian Baker-Finch, and jet skiing facilities. Catamarans take just under an hour to complete the journey from Singapore’s Tanah Merah port, with multiple daily sailings.