According to a recent article published by Tempo, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is aiming to have the development of Labuan Bajo completed by 2024, which will see the super-priority tourist destination operable and tourist numbers increase.
However, the plan seems to be to move away from mass tourism and into a more quality-based tourism culture.
“We are ready for the transition from quantity tourism to quality tourism with the aim of attracting 1.5-million tourist visits per year,” said Sandiaga in a weekly press brief on Monday, October 31.
He said a number of facilities for travelers had been prepared, including the airport. International flights from Singapore and Australia to Labuan Bajo will also be opened in the near future.
As for the initial investment, the government has shelled out more than IDR 4-trillion for the management of the Labuan Bajo area.
The minister also said that Labuan Bajo would be a leading destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions or MICE. In addition, the government will develop a youth tourism area in the tourist area located on the western tip of Flores Island.
Youth tourism is a concept that intends to attract young people at a relatively low cost for special interests. Sandiaga ensures that he will lead the development of green tourism involving new and renewable energy.