KUPANG - The East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government will set a cap to the number of visitors to Komodo Island to only 50,000 people a year, said East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Laiskodat.

“Komodo Island is being prepared as a conservation island, and we will restrict the number of visitors to no more than 50,000 a year,” Mr Laiskodat said as quoted from Antara, Wednesday (4/8).

According to him, the policy is related to the designation of the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai Regency as a ‘premium’ tourist destination, with visitors required to obtain membership.

In addition, the National Democratic (Nasdem) Party politician said the provincial government will ban the development of tourist accommodation in Komodo Island, and direct such development to Tana Mori in Labuan Bajo.

“I will ban the development of hotels, resorts, and other types of tourist accommodation in the national park. Such development must be directed to Tana Mori,” Mr Laiskodat said. (MS)