Tourism is the backbone for Nusa Tenggara
Date: October 04,2017
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Tourism is the backbone for Nusa Tenggara

The Indonesian government is paying greater attention to economic development in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to assist the province in catching up with other developed regions.

The development of a Special Economic Zone in NTT has been given priority, while Laboan Bajo has been designated as one of the country’s 10 top priority tourist destinations.

Various sports tourism activities like the Tour de Flores and Tour de Timor are organized annually as part of the tourism program to promote NTT globally.

As a result, the number of foreign and domestic tourists visiting the province has increased from year to year, especially with the opening of more international routes for air transportation.

Tourism’s contribution to the economy of the province has exceeded other sectors as well; in fact, tourism has become the backbone of NTT’s economy. The tourism sector contributed Rp2 trillion to the gross domestic product of the province, with a population of 5.2 million in 2016.

Indeed, the number of tourist arrivals on Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, has risen steadily and contributed to a significant increase in revenue. In fact, revenue from tourism in Laboan Bajo, including Komodo Island, reaches Rp1 trillion per year, according to WWF Indonesia.

The revenue has increased significantly since Komodo Island, the habitat of the Komodo dragon giant lizards, has become a major world tourism destination and icon.

Komodo National Park, home to Komodo dragon giant lizards, is located in Labuan Bajo.

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