France’s Vinci Construction has closed a $500m deal to build a 120-hectare tourist complex and a motorbike racing circuit in the Indonesian island of Lombok, the eastern neighbour of Bali.
The investment agreement was signed with the state-run Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). The complex will be located in a special economic zone in the town of Mataram, on the west of the island. Â
French President Francois Hollande and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia were present at the ceremony. Hollande is on a state visit to the country.
Abdulbar Mansoer, the head of ITDC, said the French company would invest 6 trillion rupia, or $500m, building seven hotels and a Moto GP circuit. The site of the project is owned by the ITDC.
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The project will occupy a plot of land next to Nusa Dua, the world famous beach resort area in Bali, which was designed and built by ITDC.
The complex will also have a convention hall to facilitate "Mice" tourists, he added. Mice is an acronym standing for "meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions".
Construction is expected to take two years, for completion in 2019.
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