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Mandalika or Krabi? High local airfares limit travel to ‘super priority’ destinations

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  04:25 pm
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A small cove awash with natural blues, greens and browns is one of the attractions of Mandalika, a small resort area on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara that is being touted as a "new Bali".(Tourism Indonesia/-)

The government’s “super priority” tourist destinations, also dubbed the “new Balis”, have attracted the interest of local travelers, but they stop short of actually booking holidays to these exotic locations for several reasons, including high domestic airfare. Having seen the beauties of Labuan Bajo on Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, just east of the island habitat of the Komodo dragon, 29-year-old Abe Dhimas dreams of visiting more scenic destinations in his home country: the Raja Ampat Islands off the coast of West Papua province and Banda Neira of the Banda Islands in Maluku province. But the high price of domestic flights has put his travel plans on hold, including a plan to visit Morotai Island in North Maluku, which is high in his bucket list of travel destinations along...