Tourist visits to Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province, have decreased by around 30 percent due to the high price of airplane tickets to Papua. Raja Ampat Tourism Office Head, Yusdi Lamatenggo in Waisai, Wednesday (6/5/2019) said that the high price of airplane tickets to Papua greatly affected the number of tourist visits to Raja Ampat.

He said, the high price of airplane tickets became a complaint of tourism people in all parts of Indonesia not only in Raja Ampat Regency. Yusdi admitted that the last year the number of foreign and domestic tourists visiting Raja Ampat had decreased by around 30 percent. “Many tourists who have registered to visit Raja Ampat Regency cancel the visit because the price of plane tickets is very expensive,” he said. Therefore, he hopes that the price of airplane tickets to Papua, especially the cities of Sorong and Raja Ampat will be reduced to a reasonable and affordable value so that tourist visits to Raja Ampat increase. The Raja Ampat Regency Government continues to strive to increase the number of tourist visits by conducting promotions both at home and abroad and holding various Festivals.

Although promotions and various events are carried out to increase tourist arrivals in Raja Ampat, if the flight ticket price remains high the target will not be achieved.