Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Environment and Forestry is aiming to turn Komodo National Park as world class ecotourism destination due to its status as UNESCO’s biosphere reserve and world heritage listed in the New Seven Wonder of Nature.
“Komodo National Park possess terrestrial tourism potential with its trekking and bird watching, snorkeling, and diving, along with observing the Komodo dragon attraction, which have become favorites among tourists,” said Director General of Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem of the ministry, Tachrir Fathoni in Jakarta, on Tuesday (05/4).
Furthermore, Tachrir said that Komodo National Park was included in the ‘Ten Ecotourism Destination National Priorities’, a joint effort between Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Tourism.
Consequently, the development of the national park will be prioritized to achieve the 2015-2019 National Tourism Target.
Komodo National Park managed to attract 90,000 tourists per year, comprise of 90 percent foreign tourist and 10 percent of domestic tourist.
In 2015, the national park contributed Rp 19.3 billion for Non-Tax State Revenue which was an 400 percent increase from previous year.
“President Joko Widodo had wanted to turn Komodo National Park into world class ecotourism with international standard. It is why there should be increases on services and luxury for visitors but still promote conservation role. It will bring satisfaction for them to return again,” he added.
Reports by Danny Kosasih