The fears of the fruit merchants in Kawal have been brought to the sub-district level several times. How is the result? Executor of the task (Plt) Head of Gunung Kijang Arief Sumarsono contacted Tribun Bintan about it confirmed that it has done a way of mediation with the hotel and traders to find a way out.
“We have invited fruit merchants, the resort, the Bintan Tourism Office and the Gunung Kijang Police for mediation,” said Arief Sumarsono.
Mediation produces several important points. Among the resorts still open a fruit shop within the resort area. The reason the resort remains open fruit shop in order to control the price at the level of the average consumer is a foreign tourist. Another point, the resort does not forbid tourists or tourists and tour bus drivers to stop at the local locally built fruit market.
“That there is a complaint a few days ago residents’ turnover dropped dramatically due to the quiet of tourists, they (traders) had reported back to us. From the confirmation to the hotel, the quiet of tourists stop by not because of the fruit figures at the hotel, but the hotel guests who stay quiet again too, “said Arief.
As a subdistrict head, Arief hopes, both the hotel and fruit merchant can coordinate each other always to be established a good relationship that also will be able to give a positive impact for each economy.
Fauzi, one of the fruit merchants admitted sales turnover of fruits eroded due to the hotel around them also participate in selling fruits. Previously, Fauzi and a number of traders who staged a stall on the edge of the road Kawal can enjoy the market crowd thanks to the presence of tourist guests who stay at a number of resorts and hotels in Trikora.
A number of tourists and fleets of tourist buses from Trikora used to stop in stalls Fauzi and friends. From there sweet business sales of fruits have developed. However, the stall since last week began suddenly deserted after one of the hotels in Gunung Kijang come to work on the business of selling fresh fruits. The way the hotel seized the fruit market that had developed is considered unfair and impartial traders to the middle economy.
“They are supposed to be in our region by pushing the local people’s economy to grow instead of competing with us here, but we’re definitely out of competition with the hotel, because they’re backed by networks and strong capital,” Fauza said with regret. Indonesia is promoting Bintan as the next best tourist destination after Bali. The island has beaches with beach-front hotels and resorts; the most prominent of these beaches is the Bintan Resorts set over an area of 300 hectares (740 acres) of tropical environment.
In 2016, over 600,000 tourists visited Bintan Island and most of them came from Singapore, Korea and Japan. 75 percent of foreign tourists came by ferry from Singapore, while domestic tourists mainly came by airplanes to the recently opened Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport 35 minutes from Bintan Resort, whereas the current Tanjung Pinang airport is 90 minutes away.
Thus, the massive and ambitious economic development plan envisaging “10 golf courses, 20 hotels, 10 condominiums, three village clusters, a township, several marine and eco-tourism attractions” launched in 1995 with a gestation period of 20 years, was according to the leisure industry analyst of Singapore: “Bintan has better prospects because of the people behind its development. They are big names who will have to maintain their reputation.
Road within the island was also started and the first stretch of the 12.5 kilometres (7.8 mi), the east west arterial road was completed (out of the 35 kilometres (22 mi) stretch planned in the ultimate stage). Branch roads were also built to land parcels allotted for resort development. Within each land area allocated, the resort agencies constructed their own internal road network. This development however is pointless if the local society cannot reap any benefits from it. The greed from the hotels operator are unreasonable, as they even take one of the few business opportunity that can feed the local population.