While many find Lombok a pleasingly sedate change to the commercialism of Bali, the smaller Gili‚Äôs located off Lombok‚Äôs coast are also garnering an increasing number of foreign and local tourists. Whereas once the island‚Äôs visitors primarily comprised backpackers on worldly expeditions, today the island attracts a broad cross-section of visitors lured by the islands sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving and deep cyan blue waters.
To most people the notion of a tropical island conjures up images of sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, small clusters of bungalows nestled amongst towering coconut tree‚Äôs swaying in the wind and small alcoves where it is possible to spend time with someone special free of interruption. Gili Meno is a great place to go ‚Äúif you want to imitate Blue Lagoon, Swiss Family Robinson (sans tree-house) or Robinson Caruso.
Women have been hardest hit by Asia’s economic crisis, according to the annual economic survey by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is estimated that women, who formed 90 per cent of the textiles and electronics industries, represent 80 per cent of the unskilled labourers who have been retrenched.