Kupang: 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 so far this year.
The island’s tourist arrivals stood at 50,000 throughout 2011.
“The increase is related to the new status [as a new wonder of nature]. The local administration is upbeat that the number will increase as the year goes on,” NTT Tourism, Art and Culture Agency head Abraham Klakik said on Monday. To achieve the target, the local administration aims to expand supporting infrastructure in areas such as the airport, restaurants and hotels.
Foreign tourists made up 84 percent of tourists visiting the island, with Australia, the US and European countries dominating.