JAKARTA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Mandalika is a special economic zone in the southern part of Lombok Island in Indonesia, the neighboring island of the popular holiday island of Bali.
The name of Mandalika derives from a princess from the Tunjung Beru Kingdom who was known for her beauty and attracted many princes from other kingdoms to marry her.
The princess, however, ended up throwing herself into the sea to avoid any prince from getting hurting while competing to marry her.
Locals commemorate Princess Mandalika during the Bau Nyale Festival that is held every year on the 20th day of the 10th month according to the local calendar as the place Mandalika is getting more popular.
Locals in Mandalika and villages nearby have begun to make a living not only from traditional farming or fishing but also from tourism or hospitality businesses.
The Mandalika Circuit is also ready to host MotoGP in March next year in accordance with President Joko Widodo's big dream to develop more tourism hubs outside Bali.
The president, widely known as Jokowi, inaugurated the Mandalika Circuit in Central Lombok district on Nov. 12.
The launching ceremony spurred a sense of optimism among locals, hoping to revive tourism from the pall of the COVID-19 pandemic.