The Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) will limit the number of tourist visits to Komodo Island each year because Komodo Island is a conservation area.

“Komodo Island is designated specifically as a conservation area/island and we (will now) limit visitors to no more than 50,000 per year” said East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat in Kupang on Wednesday (8/5).

This regulation is related to the arrangement of Komodo National Park (Taman Nasional Komodo or TNK) in West Manggarai Regency, with the NTT Provincial Government having received a concurrent policy to participate in managing the area.

Governor Laiskodat said that going forward, special tourist visits to Komodo Island will be limited and tourists entering the island must also be registered as members.

Komodo Island, he continued, is a premium tourist destination because visitors who come are treated to a rare sight – specifically observing the lives of Komodo dragons in the wild. “This is certainly very interesting and has very high selling points” he said.

Laiskodat added that Komodo Island is different from other islands in the Komodo National Park area, so it must remain natural with no constructed lodging or the like.

“I ask that no hotels, resorts or other buildings within Komodo National Park are built. All of the hotel developments will go towards the Tanamori area” he said.

Governor Viktor added he wanted only floating hotels that have a capacity of 80-100 rooms within the Komodo National Park area.

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