Tempo are reporting on news that Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno, has said the plan to set a new tariff of IDR 3.75-million for entering the Komodo National Park is cancelled. This new tariff was scheduled to be introduced on January 1, 2023.
“It has been retracted and cancelled,” Sandiaga said in Jakarta on, Thursday, December 15. He did not provide details about the cancellation.
In July, the government first announced a plan to raise the ticket price to Komodo National Park from IDR 50,000 to IDR 3.75-million, citing it necessary as a way to source funds for sustainable conservation efforts, report Tempo.
The tariff however, ran into protests, especially from locals, whose livelihoods are dependent on the tourism sector because they feared that the staggering price hike would reduce the number of tourists visiting the park and this would impact their income.
On November 26, East Nusa Tenggara Governor, Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, revoked Governor Regulation No.85/2022 on the management of Komodo National Park. The rule was used as the basis for setting new rates to enter national parks.