The Jakarta Post
A number of tourist ships parked at Labuan Bajo Port in Komodo district, West Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. (thejakartapost.com/Markus Makur)
The number of cruise ships visiting Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, has reportedly increased.
Labuan Bajo Port administration unit office head Usman Husin told The Jakarta Post that from January until March they had welcomed up to 13 cruise ships carrying hundreds of foreign visitors.
Throughout last year, the park was visited by a total of 24 cruise ships.
"Today we welcomed the Australian cruise ship Coral Discovery to Rinca Island with 47 foreign tourists and several crew onboard, " said Usman on Friday, adding that two other cruise ships carrying hundreds of foreign visitors were also scheduled to visit the location on March 11 and 14.
Meanwhile, Le Pirate Labuan Bajo Hotel manager Servasius Irwan Budisetiawan said that the tourism industry in West Manggarai had improved as the number of tourists in the area continues to increase.
“West Manggarai's tourism industry continues to improve and provide benefits to local residents. The investments [in the area] have also increased. I'm [currently] training locals to improve their tourism-related skills,” he added.
The endangered Komodo dragons and natural beauty are among the park's two main attractions. It began to welcome more foreign tourists since the giant lizard was recognized as one of the world's seven wonders. (jes/kes)