The number of tourists visiting Indonesia’s Komodo National Park increased approximately 25% last year, local authorities have said. Local news portal, kompas.com reported the head of West Manggarai Culture & Tourism Agency, Selasa Paulus as saying on Saturday that arrivals to the park rose from approximately 36,000 in 2009 to 45,000 last year. He added that the majority of visitors were foreign, as the cost of reaching the remote islands was prohibitive for most Indonesian tourists.
Komodo National Park, in the state of East Nusa Tenggara, is formed of 29 islands. There are no local transport services to the park, with visitors having to charter private boats. The park is one of the finalists in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign.