Sugiarto remarked here on Friday (21/9) that foreign tourist visits to the Komodo National Park was dominated by Australia, followed by 7,303 tourists from Britain, 6,894 from Spain, 6,422 from Germany, and 6,065 from the United States.
He explained that tourist arrivals from Australia to the national park which is famous as the habitat of ancient Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) increased dramatically from 2,831 people in January to April.
According to him, the increasing number of foreign tourists visiting Komodo National Park in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, was encouraged by a number of aspects including the promotion agenda, as well as the support of smooth direct flight services from a number of major cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, and Denpasar.
In addition, he said there was a transfer of foreign tourists who had previously been in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, due to the earthquake that hit the region some time ago.
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Sugiarto said the visits to one of the national flagship tourist destinations were still dominated by foreign tourists reaching 82,542 people, and domestic tourists reaching 44,057 people from January to August 2018.
The total number of visits has even exceeded tourist arrivals in 2017 with as many as 125,069 people.