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Indonesians strike over entry price hike to see Komodo Dragons

Indonesians strike over entry price hike to see Komodo Dragons

The Komodo Dragons are the world's largest lizard and have a venomous bite and razor-sharp teeth

Indonesian tourism workers have started a strike over the drastic rise in ticket prices to see the Komodo dragons. Currently, visitors will be charged 3,750,000 rupiah (£206.40) to visit the main islands in Komodo National Park. This is up from 200,000 rupiah (£11) earlier. The move is made in hopes of restricting the number of visitors and safeguarding the endangered lizards from overexposure. However, local workers protest, saying it will ward off tourists completely and cause their income to dwindle. According to the Reuters news agency, Indonesia is home to around 3,300 rare Komodo dragons. The Komodo Dragons are the world's largest lizard and have a venomous bite and razor-sharp teeth and are around three meters (10 feet) long.

Their unique, dinosaur-like appearance attracts hordes of tourists from around the world. In response, 700 local workers who depend on tourism are going on strike until the end of August. Servianus Setiawan, a nearby tour operator, said the plans threatened locals who survived off the tourism industry. Local governor Viktor Laiskodat agreed that information about the fare increase could have been communicated better but said the 18-fold price hike would still be going ahead, AFP reported. The Komodo National Park is based in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, a region with 500 islands.

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