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Labuan Bajo people voice concerns over developing tourism before public facilities

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Labuan Bajo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Fri, November 29, 2019   /  02:20 pm
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Padar Island, Labuan Bajo, Nusa Tenggara Timur.(./.)

With mighty Komodo dragons and scenic islands that are not found anywhere else in the world, the Indonesian government is eager to introduce the uniqueness that Labuan Bajo offers to world travelers, but it will have to make a concerted effort to get the local people on board. The residents of the fishing town on the island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) say that the town lacks basic infrastructure and is generally unprepared to welcome “premium” visitors. Labuan Bajo is on course to become one of the government’s five “super priority” tourist destinations. Most recently, officials have come up with a plan to turn Komodo National Park, a 1.5-hour ride by speedboat from Labuan Bajo to its westerly neighbor Komodo Island, into a premium destination with a higher entrance fee, and an international airport project in the pipeline. Best destinatio...