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Protests break out in Indonesia in response to a price increase plan at Komodo Dragon Park.

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JAKARTA: A government proposal for a significant price increase in Indonesia’s famous Komodo National Park has sparked controversy, prompting players in the tourism industry and campaigners to call for the idea to be scrapped because they believe it will harm local populations.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken December 3, 2010, komodo dragons are seen on Rinca island, a part of the protected area of Komodo National Park. – Indonesia has scrapped plans to ban tourists from an island home to komodo dragons and will instead limit visitor numbers and raise entry prices to create a “premium destination”, officials said. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)
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East Nusa Tenggara, or NTT, is the country’s southernmost province. East Nusa Tenggara is home to the park, which spans 26 smaller islands in addition to the three main islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Padar. According to data from 2018, the park is home to roughly 2,900 of the endangered dragons, the biggest and heaviest lizards in the world, which are native to Indonesia.

The number of tourists to the Komodo and Padar islands will be capped at 200,000 per year, and the present rates for access to those islands will increase from the current

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However, Abadi thought it peculiar that the increased pricing also applies to Padar Island and Pink Beach, two of Komodo Island’s busiest tourist destinations, where he claimed no Komodo dragon sightings have been reported.

We have never seen a Komodo dragon in all of our excursions to Padar Island and Pink Beach.

  • July 24, 2022
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