Posted July 4, 2009on:
Batam Island, located just 20 kilometers southeast of Singapore, with area around two-third the size of Singapore is one of the largest islands in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago.
With nearby Bintan and Karimun Island and a part of eastern Sumatra Island, they form the Riau Province. Batam, Rempang, Galang and a few smaller surrounding islands form the Barelang Municipality of 715 square kilometers. Its strategic location at the crossroad of international shipping routes and its close proximity to Singapore’s trading, banking, transport and business service facilities cause that the island is more and more important.
Until 1971 the island was not developed, today Batam’s modern infrastructure is supported by investor developments of industry, business and tourism. As a new destination, Batam is fast becoming popular with tourist from overseas countries.