The Admission fees for tourists visiting East Java’s Gunung Bromo Complex of Volcanoes have increased by nearly 300%.
Admission tickets for foreign tourists have increased from Rp. 72,500 to Rp. 267,500 (US$22). Meanwhile, domestic tourists who previously paid Rp. 10,000 must now pay Rp. 37,500 US$(US$3.10).
The head if the Bromo-Tengger National Park (TNBTS) Ayu Dewi, told Kompas.com on February 27, 2014: "TNBTS is preparing to raise the admission price in accordance with the revised provincial regulations. We have only now received he final, revised draft of Provincial Regulation Number 59 of 1997.”
“Admission tickets on public holidays for domestic tourists will cost Rp. 67,500 (US$6.65). For foreign tourists visiting on public holidays the cost of admission will increase from Rp. 72,500 to Rp. 640,000 (US$53). The new tariff takes effects from May 1, 2014.” explained Ayu.
Seeming to want to distance herself from the price hike, Ayu Dewi explained that TNBTS was only the executor of the Provincial Regulation that increased ticket costs. Adding: “We have been given a target of Rp. 7.7 billion (US$641,000) in income from ticket sales for this year.”
Ayu said she hope the public would be able to accept the steep increased in ticket prices. “At this time the number of visitors to TNBTS averages 2,000 tourists on an average day. On weekends and holidays the total number of visitors can reach 15,000 tourists,” she explained.
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