Fury as holidaymakers set to be charged £80 to visit tourist hotspot – up from £2.75 – World News

Fury as holidaymakers set to be charged £80 to visit tourist hotspot – up from £2.75 – World News




Indonesia’s government is set to charge foreign holidaymakers visiting the iconic Buddhist temple Borobudur nearly 30 times its past entrance fee in an effort to preserve the site and keep crowds down

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Holidaymakers visiting a tourist hotspot will have to fork out a fortune after the price was bumped up by nearly 30 times.

A ticket to Indonesia’s most iconic Buddhist temple for foreigners will cost £80, up from just £2.75.

The country’s government has hiked the entrance fee to Borobudur – the largest of its kind in the world – as a supposed crowd control measure.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan announced the change on social media over the weekend.

In a post on Instagram on Sunday, the senior minister said there are plans to transform the UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Magelang, Central Java.

It is hoped it would ensure the site’s sustainability and conservation.

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The changes are said to be an attempt to preserve the site
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Luhut said: “We plan to limit the number of visitors to 1,200 per day, with entrance fees of US$100 (£80) for foreign tourists and IDR750K (£42) for domestic tourists.

“We are taking these measures purely to conserve the high historical and cultural values of the archipelago.”

He additional: “All tourists will also have to use tour guides from local residents around the Borobudur area.”

This is to be done to create new jobs and “foster a sense of belonging” to the area and in turn ensure the site is cherished by future generations.

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world
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It is unclear when the price increase will come into effect.

However, the reaction online has been overwhelmingly negative with lawmakers and consumer groups among those speaking out against the plans.

In the comments to Luhut’s post, one person wrote: “Wow, 750 thousand! Educational historical attractions are only for the wealthy, then. Thank you sir!”

Another said: “750 if a family of 5 people, it’s better to go to a 5 star hotel.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo
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In his post, Luhut went on to say he had visited the site on Sunday morning where he “emphasised the synergy between conservation and tourism” by the hypothesizedv “single authority agency mechanism”.

Also, in accordance with a new green initiative introduced by President Joko Widodo, Luhut said a trial has begun using electric shuttle buses including on the Borobudur-Malioboro-Prambanan route.

He said such a move would “further emphasise Indonesia’s commitment to using environmentally friendly energy”.

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo later clarified that the increased fees would only apply to those wishing to climb to the temple area proper, reports Coconuts Jakarta.

Visitors who want to go into in the general temple complicate area, which is regularly flooded with local merchants hawking souvenirs, will only have to pay the regular fee.

“[Most visitors] these days don’t climb up [to the temple] anyway, and merchants don’t have to worry about the price hike,” Ganjar said.

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