Labuan Bajo, NTT – The controversy over extending tickets to Komodo Island and Padar Island is still heavily criticized by Labuan Bajo residents, especially tourism stakeholders. Many tourism unions will go on strike from August 1, 2022.
Plans to set the ticket price for Komodo Island at Rs 3.75 million per person remain controversial. In fact, there was strong disapproval from local residents and tourism industry players who lived in the area.
This time, hundreds of several tourism agents in Labuan Bajo are planning a strike starting Monday, August 1 tomorrow, as the new entry ticket prices for Komodo Island begin to roll.
A total of 24 tourist associations have signed this agreement. Some travel agents have also canceled tour packages for the entire month of August. The strike is scheduled by August 31, 2022.
Even though tourism agents are on strike, the National Consumer Protection Agency of the Republic of Indonesia guarantees the safety of tourists who are in Labuan Bajo during the protest.
Previously, it was known that the setting of the new entrance ticket price, which had increased considerably, had drawn the ire of tourism stakeholders and MSMEs in the region. Indeed, the increase in the price of entrance tickets will reduce the interest of visitors, thus affecting their income.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno has opened a chat room and several solutions to increase the entry price to Komodo Island, such as deferring fares for old orders and changing destination on Rinca Island to avoid new tariffs. . ,