Jakarta: President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and a number of cabinet members visited Rinca Island, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Thursday.
Rinca Island is one of the three largest islands included in Komodo National Park. It is populated with komodo dragons, wild pigs, bufallos, birds and other species.
President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana came to Komodo National Park at 09:00 a.m. Central Indonesia Time (WITA). He was accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and NTT Governor Victor Laiskodat.
According to President Jokowi, Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park will be developed as a premium tourist destination. In the near future, a blue print will be created by government agencies.
"Some areas will be available for tourism activities. Some other areas will be strictly protected sites," President Jokowi told reporters during the visit.
President Started his working visit in the province on Wednesday. He inspected Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo and Marina Komodo project in Puncak Warining on the first day.
Earlier this month, President Jokowi said that the Government aims to develop tourism in North Sulawesi province to boost economic growth in the region.
He explained that the Government will provide support in road development, coastal area development, and in expanding airport terminal to accommodate six million passengers, from the existing capacity of two million passengers.
He added that the Government has decided to start the terminal construction in Sam Ratulangi Airport in September this year and is expected to complete the project in August 2020.