PADAR ISLAND, Indonesia — The tourists arrived by the Ready to ship by boatload to Climb 900 steps to the For their sunrise reward, climb to the summit of Padar Island. Enjoy a stunning view of turquoise bays surrounded by white-sand beaches. In the From a distance, they could view Komodo Island. the world’s largest lizard, the fearsome Komodo dragon, roams freely, evoking the Age of the dinosaurs.
This is one. the The most stunning scenes in Indonesia. It is an unforgettable experience for many visitors. to It will become more costly.
The Indonesian government has plans to raise the Entry fee the The most visited parts of Komodo National Park (UNESCO world heritage site) are the 29 islands. the Five of these are at home to the endangered dragon. New price: $1,000 per group of one to Four visitors, an increase of as low as $10 for foreigners and 32c for Indonesians.
In late July, the sudden hike in fees sparked a strike among tourism workers. There were also 1,000 people who joined in street protests and there was a wave cancellation of tourists in Labuan Bajo (a coastal town). the The northwestern tip is Flores Island. the Jumping off point the park.
It is also one among many controversies that stem from the government’s efforts to Tourism will be boosted. the Five percent of pandemics were caused by pandemic the economy. Some people say the Move to Quick Return by Raising the price at Komodo — a crown jewel in the national park system — has backfired, pushing the eastern Indonesian region’s once-thriving tourism industry to the The brink of collapse
“If there are no tourists, I won’t make any money,” Ariansyah is a Komodo Island Guide who joined the protests for one name. the New fee “Everyone opposes the ticket price increase because it will ruin our livelihood.”
2016 was a year of trying to to expand Indonesia’s tourism industry, the country’s president, Joko Widodo, launched a campaign to Create “Ten New Balis” Promote existing tourist destinations and increase their popularity. the The magic of Bali the country’s premier attraction. It also included a number of development projects throughout Indonesia, including Labuan Bajo.
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All the sites were located in areas where the Government hoped more tourists would come to the country if there was greater private and public investment in new hotels, ports, and airports. In some cases, progress has not been made. Some locations have seen little progress. the $3 billion Mandalika project Lombok, partly financed from the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Labuan Bajo the Expanding government the Redevelopment of airport the Harbor with new wharves, and a festival stage. New luxury large hotels are being built along with other luxury properties. the coast.
But despite the Push to capitalize on Bali’s global reputation, there has been little effort to Copy it “eat, pray, love” mantra. At Mandalika, for instance, the The government constructed a MotoGP racetrack on the coast to host major motorcycle races. A large statue depicting Mr. Joko riding on a speeding motorbike is available for guests. the entrance.
There are many. the Residents have been resistant to projects.
Lake Toba is located on Sumatra Island. the world’s largest crater lake, residents protested the Slavery of farmland in order to construct new roads Lombok Island civil society groups said Without any compensation, thousands of people were forcibly removed from their ancestral land. to You can make it happen the Mandalika project.
At Java Island’s Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, a push to raise entrance fees to About $50 for Indonesians, and $100 for foreigners were met with strong opposition. This prompted Mr. Joko to Retire from the plan.
The government claims that its proposal to increase the entrance fee for Komodo Park was necessary in order to conserve resources. Environmentalists contend that government development plans pose a threat to the environment. the The biggest threat to the islands.
The strike by workers in tourism resulted in the taking of to the Streets of Labuan Bajo during July and August to Protest the Fee hike: Many foreign visitors cut short their trip and fled the country, fleeing to the Airport under military and police escort protection the unrest. At the Tourists are also welcome to visit the area. the World canceled hotel reservations the Next year
“We marched in the street shouting, ‘Reduce the ticket price,’” Rajiwansah was a tour guide who admired the beauty of the area. the Padar Island view taken from a popular photo spot This T-shirt was inspired by the Protests depicted as a Komodo Dragon dressed up as a government official, grasping a briefcase stuffed with money.
Originally, the fee hike had been scheduled to Effective August 1, 2009, but the Terrorism prompted officials to You can postpone until January 1. Even so, what should it be during? the Peak tourist season: Many hotels in Labuan Bajo almost empty. Hundreds of tour boats are idle. the town’s once-bustling tourist street is largely deserted.
The setback was just as the Tourism industry was on the rise. “We had many reservations for 2023, but now we have none,” Alief Khunaefi (general manager, Sylvia Resort Komodo) and secretary general of the Hotel General Managers Association for the province, East Nusa Tenggara.
Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s minister of tourism, said the Government was looking at postponement the Price increases further
The fee increase is the Viktor Laiskodat was the inspiration for this project. the East Nusa Tenggara’s governor said that he was inspired to do conservation work with Sumatran tigers.
“If it has extraordinary beauty then you have to pay more,” He said. The tickets will be valid for one year, but they will not be sold separately. Single travelers must pay the He said that the total cost was $1000.
Tourists can still make a living as tourists the He said that there was a lower park fee, and Komodo Dragons can be seen on Rinca island at the newly constructed observatory named Jurassic Park. However, the Dragons can only be seen from a distance. the Site receives very few visitors.
He said that the Park was poorly managed, and more resources were required for scientific research, stopping illegal fishing and preventing future ones. the Poaching deer the Dragons eat among other conservation efforts.
But environmentalists said the The real problem was a plan to Instruct others to build hotels the park, which they claimed could harm the Habitat and Endangerment the There are 3,300 dragons in the wild the wild.
More than half can be found on Komodo Island the The most popular spot for viewing dragons.
Nine dragons were seen lounging in the vicinity of our recent visit. the park’s main entrance seemed unfazed by the Humans hovering over taking photos. Guides who accompany the Tourists stood still with long sticks to You must fend off any dragons that come too close.
For more information, visit the Indonesian Forum the Environment is a prominent environmental group, known by its Indonesian acronym Walhi. the The permits were issued by the national government to Four companies allow them to Build tourist facilities the park.
“The government is causing the problem but blaming the tourists,” said Umbu Paranggi, the group’s executive director for East Nusa Tenggara.
The province — in a deal it made with the national government — has set up a company, PT. Flobamor, to Recover revenue the Six sites on the oceanfront, covering 1,750 acres, were taken by the company to be used for training purposes and administrative functions. The company would have control over the areas that tour operators could operate. the Komodo Padar zone, which could become the The most lucrative in the park. You will need to hire tour guides to Register with Flobamor to There are many opportunities to do business.
Travel operators compete the A company is searching to Be the dominant the region’s tourism business, to the detriment to locals
“PT. Flobamor will provide big ships for the tourists, and the small agencies will slowly die,” Jaya Komodo Tour co-owner Putu Iwan Pratama organizes boat trips to the park.
After the He and his co-owners were told to raise their fees and closed their shop. They joined the protests. “The government doesn’t care about us,” He stated.
Dera Menra Sijabat contributed reporting.