The visit of foreign tourist to East Nusa Tenggara Province have gain the positive trends which increase significant since Komodo Dragon Island at West Manggarai have been choose by Central Government as one of 10 main tourism destination which will developed by Government in 2016.
The Head of Tourism and Creative Economic Agency from East Nusa Tenggara Regional Goverment, Marius Ardu Jelamu have said than since the beginning of 2016 to July there were recorded about 14 thousands foreign tourist have visit East Nusa Tenggara at Agency offce in Kupang Thursday, 4 August 2016.
That amount have have rise about 15 percent according to Marius if compare to the amount of tourist visiting in similar period at 2015. “All the tourist, generally come through entrance of Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai Regency Capital by using Denpasar-Labuan Bajo flight or flight through Denpasar to El Tari Airport at Kupang,” said Marius.
Marius have explained that majority of tourist have come from Labuan Rajo have spend their tour by visiting Komodo Dragon Island and other nature tour at west end of Flores Island like Rinca Island, Waerebo and Bena Village at Ngada the to Ende, Maumere, East Flores and Lembata.
For Tourist who get through El Tari Airport at Kupang will continue their tour to Rote Island, Sabu, Alor and Sumba. “There also need to inform that free visa policy from government have also supporting and trigger the increase of tourist visit especially in East Nusa Tenggara because people from various country can easily to get in and visit every tourism spot in East Nusa Tenggara,” said Marius.
“The increase of foreign tourist visit to East Nusa Tenggara have affected to the local people economy growth and can add regional earnings from tourism sector,” added Marius.
Marius have hoped, East Nusa Tenggara people can utilize this moment by making some local handcraft to attract tourist to buy it.