Reducing Tourist, Raja Ampat Still Prioritizies Safety
The Raja Ampat Regency Government, West Papua Province, formed an integrated team to safeguard tourist visits during the 2019 Eid holiday.
The Head of the Raja Ampat Regency Tourism Office, Yusdi Lamatenggo, said the integrated tour security team consisted of the Office of Tourism Services, Transportation Agency, Basarnas, and security forces.
“Raja Ampat Regency Government is always ready to provide comfort to tourists who visit the area during the Eid holiday and the usual days,” Yusdi said, as quoted by Antara on Wednesday (5/6).
According to him the integrated team of tourist visit security is an annual routine program, to anticipate the surge of tourist visits in each Raja Ampat tourist destination.
This integrated team, he continued, served in the port of Waisai to ensure that every tourist boat carrying tourists had safety equipment at sea.
He said the integrated team would also be on duty at every tourist spot in Raja Ampat Regency, ranging from Waigeo to Misool, to provide services to tourists who visited.
But this year’s Eid, Yusdi continued, the price of plane tickets is very expensive so many tourists, especially domestic tourists, cancel travel tours to Raja Ampat.
According to him tourist arrivals in the Raja Ampat district, West Papua Province, 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.
He hopes that the price of plane 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.
“Although promotions and various events are carried out to increase tourist arrivals in Raja Ampat, if the price of airline tickets remains high the target will not be achieved,” he said.