The Jakarta Post
Komodo National Park would likely get dropped as a New7Wonders of Nature candidate after Indonesia refused to pay a US$10 million fee required by the competition’s organizer, according to the government.
Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said on Monday that Indonesia decided to decline hosting the ceremony announcing the competition’s winners since it was too costly.
“Any threat [based on] our refusal to host the declaration of the vote winners is unacceptable,” he said at a press conference at the ministry.
Wacik said the ministry received a letter dated Dec. 29, 2010, from the New7Wonders foundation saying it would “suspend” Komodo National Park from the list of finalists by Feb. 7, 2011 if Indonesia refused to pay a $10 million license fee.
“It’s not fair and irrational,” he said. “I refuse to be extorted by anyone, including this...