Indonesia’s Komodo Island Will Stay Open

October 2, 2019

The Indonesian authorities finally decided not to close Komodo, the habitat of the Jurassic monitor lizard. Although this makes people confused about their closure, it also confuses people, whether the planned annual membership fee of $1,000 actually makes visitors discouraged.

State-owned news agency Antala reported that when the government decided to meet in Jakarta on Monday to discuss the management of Komodo National Park, it decided not to close Komodo, but to limit the number of tourists. Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Laiskodat attended the meeting.

Komodo is part of the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Komodo National Park is a group of islands in East Nusa Tenggara, including Rinca Island, Pada Island and many more. Other small islands.

Laiskodat also remembered what he said when he planned to increase the park tickets for international visitors to at least $500 and increase the ticket to the park’s cruise ships to more than $50,000. “Only those wealthy people can [see Komodo Dragons]. Those who don’t have money shouldn’t go to the park because it caters to extraordinary people.

The proposed increase in fees seems to have exceeded the sky-high price. A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claimed that the Ministry of the Environment and the local governor agreed to membership at the meeting and will now have a membership system at a cost of $1,000.

Currently, locals pay as little as 35 cents (5,000 rupees), while tourists pay $10.50 (150,000 rupees).

However, Antara only reported on the annual membership and there are no detailed fees. Two types of membership will be introduced, premium and non-premium. People with a premium can visit Komodo, while those with a premium will be taken to other islands such as Linka, where they can also see the Komodo dragon. It does not describe the fees for both members.

As of press time, Skift was unable to contact the Department of Cost Structure and Environment and Laiskodat. The Ministry of Environmental Protection has not even updated its website, and the website still said that the decision to close Komodo Island will only be made before the end of this year.

Not at all
The resident agencies are racking their brains in frustration.

“We don’t know anything about it,” said Björn Schimanski, managing director of Asian Trails Indonesia.

Renato Domini, CEO of Panorama Destination, responded: “I am as confused as everyone else, the current situation.”

The cost is not clear enough. It doesn’t matter, the incomprehensible high payment, but will it only apply to Komodo or will it cover Linka? Even if the locals account for 50% of the tourists, will they still continue to charge them zero fees? Schimanski said: “So far, there is no clear information.”

“This is again not needed for our destination. We will of course receive a cancellation notice,” he added.

When asked if all these questions are about protection or money, Panorama’s Domini thinks this is related to the local government, and hopes to earn a portion of the park’s fees (now handed over directly to the central government and then back to the local government in the east) Nusa Denga La.

Dominy said: “One possible solution is that local governments impose additional taxes on travelers who want to visit national parks, but do not charge a tax of $1,000 or $500.”

World-class ambition
Antara reported that the government intends to build a “world-class natural tourism infrastructure” and Komodo research center on the island.

At present, the island is by no means a world-class, so whether the high membership fees will help its ambitions remains questionable.

“If this idea comes from a reputable organization, it will effectively put the funds in the membership fee into maintenance, training and protection work. I will be very active. However, it is not clear how many membership fees will be Returned to the national park,” said Gonzalo Maceda, vice president of Melia International Hotel Development, a major Indonesian participant.

Maceda is looking for opportunities to hang flags on Nabu Bajo, the entrance to the Komodo National Park, but he believes the park needs proper management. Ayana Komodo is the first five-star resort in the Labuan Bajo area, which opened in September last year.

Maceda said: “I have been to Labuan Bajo/Komodo several times. I personally think this is a destination that lacks proper management.” “Walking around Labuan Bajo before boarding the ship to Komodo Island Anyone who notices the lack of organization, cleanliness and hygiene in the area. The boat lacks security, comfort and English-speaking people. I don’t think the $1,000 visit tax will solve these problems.”

In addition, visitors have only been to Komodo once and will hardly come back in the same year. “The current visit to Komodo lasted for two hours and the effect was poor.