Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR) has found itself the beneficiary of a new joint venture between Indonesia charter specialist Bintan Cendrawasih Abadi and Chinese travel conglomerate Wanda Tourism, in a partnership that aims to position Bintan as an alternative to Bali for families, golfers, incentive trips and weddings seeking a resort holiday.
Starting from this month, BLR has been contracted to house charter groups from China for a three-day, two-night vacation, which will amount to some 1,000 nights each month for the resort, revealed Gerald Hendrick, BLR’s vice president, business development & hotel operations.
Bintan Lagoon Resort
Hendrick states that BLR's wide F&B offerings is a key reason it was selected for these charters. As well, the resort boasts extensive golf and recreational facilities, and has recently opened Chop Chop, a new F&B outlet styled as Bintan’s Chinatown and serving North Asian street food, in November 2016.
Chartered flights operated by Garuda Indonesia’s budget arm Citilink will fly these groups from the seven Chinese cities of Wuhan, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Chenzhou, Guiyang, Nanjing and Zhengzhou to Bintan. The flights will be operated on Boeing 737s with capacity for 170 passengers.
“A daily charter flight was inaugurated on December 17 and this will increase to twice daily in January,” Hendricks said.