Batam Island, Indonesia
One of the Riau archipelago’s largest
islands, Batam had once been a poor
with unspoiled natural
beauty and quaint villages on the coast.
Just a short time after the 1989 declaration
of the Batam free trade zone, the way of
life on Batam Island was drastically
Within just a short time, the
island now boasts a fully equipped airport
with business and tourist centers and
ongoing structural development which is
rapidly changing the face of the island.
It is an admitted fact that neighboring
Singapore is the model on which the island’s
economy is being shaped, and it is predicted
that Batam will inevitably transform into
one of Southeast Asia’s biggest ports and
will eventually become an important center
of industry, international trade, and
Batam proximity to Singapore and the Malacca
Strait is quite strategic and will
definitely help it reach its primary goal.
Yet like most of Indonesia, development and
economic growth in this region was greatly
affected by the economic crisis that
occurred in Asia in the 1990s.
Actually, in terms of tourist arrivals,
Batam is fast becoming a major tourist
destination in Indonesia. Several resorts, golf courses and luxury
Indonesian hotels are found on this island.