Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Update “Travelers are panicking” after Lombok, an emerging tourism destination, was hit by multiple earthquakes. But should they? BySanjay Surana Aug. 8, 2018 After the Indonesian island of Lombok was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 90 people on Aug. 5, aftershocks have continued to shake the island. The quake followed a 6.4-magnitude on July 29, which killed 17; the island, home to hundreds of resorts, has been under various states of emergency since late July. Residents are slowly readjusting to the new normal as they have to pick up the pieces — in some cases literally — of their lives and rebuild. The damage to the island’s growing tourism industry is less clear. Tourism is an increasingly important part of Lombok’s economy, and while the island doesn’t get the numbers of neighboring Bali, it has been earmarked by the government as an emerging destination. Last year President Joko Widodo identified 10 places around Indonesia’s 17,000 islands to target as the next Bali, among them an integrated resort development in South Lombok called Mandalika. The… Read full this story
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