Batam-city island still is a haven for smugglers. Throughout 2017, the Customs and Excise (BC) of Batam manages to report 858 smuggling cases. The figure rose 146 percent if compared with the number of cases in the previous year.
Batam-City island industrial scene will rise again from the ashes. Business giant Gama Corporation (Gama Corp) plans to build a biofuel plant in Kabil Industrial Estate, northeast shore of Batam. Through its subsidiary PT Energi Unggul Persada, Gama Corp will invest about Rp 1 trillion as a form of seriousness to build agro-based palm oil industry. Batam is still attractive for industry despite of Batam Investment Agency (BP) effort to pivoting into tourism sector.
Construction started in the 1990s with great hopes to attract Singapore and international markets. As with everything else gone wrong in the indonesia on 1990s, it never took off the way it was and multiple failed developments still litter the area. Since then, Batam become notorious as the city of deceitful business development. Land ownership in the area has been abused but no one from the government office seems to care about it. At the time, this failed project however did not affect Batam’s economy due to increasing number of shipbuilding industry and oil & gas sector around the neighbouring Tanjung uncang region.
The BCC Hotel & Residences is the highest hotel in Sumatera island area, located in the heart of Batam City Area and surrounded by shopping arcade. The hotel located within 5 minutes to entertainment district, 5 minutes to Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, 15 minutes to international Batam Center Terminal and Sekupang Terminal, 20 minutes to Hang Nadim International Airport. The BCC Hotel & Residences is just walking distance to the biggest shopping arcade in Batam, China town area, traditional food market and Mall. The BCC Hotel & Residences have over 151 luxury modern rooms and residence aparments with modern concept, view to sea, singapore country and Batam City. The BCC Hotel and Residences have 6 Meeting rooms with maximum capacity 72 for 500 pax.
Tourism in Indonesia is an important component of the Indonesian economy as well as a significant source of its foreign exchange revenues. The influx of tourist into Riau islands province also influenced by the screening process which were done by the indonesian immigration checkpoint. Throughout 2017 in Bintan, more than 191 visitor were rejected by the immigration checkpoint office. Among other reason, the rejected foreigners were entering Tanjungpinang city without using a proper intent and clear document. In fact, 83 people have been denied entry into Indonesia forever.
Kota Batam dengan jumlah penduduk Yang sekitar 1,1 juta jiwa memiliki banyak pilihan tempat penginapan dengan lebih dari 50.000 kamar hotel dan resort yang terus bertambah dari tahun ke tahun.
Walaupun belum memiliki tempat destinasi iconic layaknya JL. Malioboro seperti Yogyakarta, museum dan gedung kolonial penuh budaya seperti Di Semarang maupun Jakarta Kota, Batam sebenarnya belum siap untuk menata diri agar menjadi Kota Yang tourist friendly. Batam Kota pekerja Yang terlahir menjadi Kota industri dengan ratusan ribu tenaga terampil Yang siap membuat handphone tercanggih hingga kapal perang.