Query: Would you pay IDR3.75 million (US$250) to go to Komodo Nationwide Park’s two fundamental islands, Komodo and Padar, as many instances as you need in a 12 months?
In case your reply is sure, then that is in all probability excellent news for you because the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial authorities is ready to go forward with their plans to cost individuals yearly for visiting the 2 websites the place Komodo dragons roam the earth.
NTT’s tourism chief Sony Zeth Libing informed reporters yesterday that the provincial authorities had requested the central authorities so they may implement the annual charge with the intention to preserve the websites’ ecosystem.
“The NTT provincial authorities believes that Komodo [dragons] and [the islands’] ecosystems are the individuals’s heritage,” he mentioned, explaining the reasoning behind the brand new pricing.
The brand new pricing scheme is ready to come back into impact on Aug. 1.
Komodo Island and Padar Island are the 2 largest islands of Komodo Nationwide Park. One other island well-known for its dragons within the Park is Rinca Island. The park additionally consists of 26 smaller islands.
Individually, Carolina Noge, Komodo Nationwide Park program coordinator, mentioned that the variety of annual guests could be restricted to 200,000. She reiterated that go holders won’t be topic to any extra charges for any subsequent journeys to the islands.
Carolina famous that the IDR3.75 million is formally not an entrance charge, however a contribution to the conservation of Komodo and Padar islands and the encompassing areas.
Discussions on the dangerous affect of large tourism visits to Komodo Nationwide Park have been occurring for years. The thought of implementing an annual charge for a go to to Komodo Nationwide Park was truly launched in 2019. On the time, the proposed annual entrance charge was US$1,000.
The 2019 proposed worth was reportedly for international guests solely, whereas it stays unclear as as to whether the IDR3.75 million annual charge is to be utilized to foreigners or home guests or each.
The Park is a UNESCO world heritage website, and presently costs a charge of IDR150,000 (US$10.68) for international vacationers and IDR5,000 (US$0.36) for home vacationers on weekdays, although there are notably extra charges vacationers might incur throughout their journey, together with for trekking or snorkeling.
No less than 13 tourism companies have spoken up in regards to the new pricing plan, and, to say the least, they weren’t for it.
Robert Waka, the deputy chief of the NTT chapter of the Indonesian Journey Brokers Affiliation, mentioned over the weekend that they felt the brand new worth would solely cater to the middle-upper class and thus they hoped the federal government may reassess the plan.