Kompas.com reports that some 30,847 foreign tourists visited Lombok’s Mount Rinjani National Park in 2016. This is an increase of 3,661 foreign tourists over the total recorded for 2015, as quoted from Bali Discovery.
The visitor totals were announced by the Park’s management on January 5, 2017.
Most foreign tourists visiting Mount Rinjani and trekking its trails were from the USA, Holland, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and France.
The chief of the Park, Agus Budi Santosa, revealed that most visitors average two days and one night at the Park, many climbing to the peak of Mount Rinjani that stands 3,726 meters above sea level.
Santosa said most foreign tourist climbing Mount Rinjani did not come solely to Indonesia to climb the volcano, but also included a visit to the Park after visiting Bali, Lombok or Komodo.
Visitor numbers to Mount Rinjani in Lombok have grown dramatically over the past five years. In 2012 foreign visitors reached 10,956; 17,634 in 2013; 24,176 in 2014; and 27,186 in 2015.
Meanwhile, domestic visitors to Rinjani in 2016 totaled 61,117 people meaning a total of 91,412 visitors, both foreign and domestic, came to the Park in 2016.