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Jakarta Post

Revamp to make Labuan Bajo fit for ‘premium tourists’

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /  03:54 pm
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Padar Island lies between Komodo Island and Rinca Island in the province of East Nusa Tenggara.(Shutterstock/File)

The government plans to give Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and its surroundings a major facelift to turn the area into a prime destination for well-heeled tourists. Speaking during a visit to East Nusa Tenggara’s Rinca Island on Thursday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he wanted Labuan Bajo and its surroundings developed as an integrated project incorporating the world-renowned Komodo National Park, the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon. “We want to look at Labuan Bajo and its surrounding areas, including Komodo Island and Rinca Island, from a macro-level [development perspective], so that improvements to infrastructure and supporting facilities in the area would be truly integrated,” said Jokowi. Komodo Island and Rinca Island are two of the largest islands within the Komodo National Park area. The town of Labuan Bajo on the western ...