After being recognized as one of the new seven wonders of nature, the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has seen an increase in tourist arrivals, with 40,000 visitors in this year’s first semester.
The island’s tourist arrivals stood at 50,000 throughout 2011.
“The increase is related to the new status [as the new seven wonders of nature]. The local administration is upbeat that the number will increase in the second semester,” NTT Tourism, Art and Culture Agency head Abraham Klakik said Monday.
To achieve the target, the local administration aims to expand supporting infrastructure, including the airport, restaurants and hotels.
Foreign tourists made up 84 percent of tourists visiting the island, with those from Australia, the US and European countries dominating.
The number of foreign tourists having visited the national park based on country in the first semester are as follow:
The US (3,720)
The Netherlands (3,527)
The UK (3,214)
Switzerland (1,539) (Jakarta Post)