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Bali & Beyond Travel Fair Set to Go Bigger Next Year

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Nusa Dua, Bali/Jakarta. Bali & Beyond Travel Fair 2018 wrapped up with participants said the fair was a great success and it was announced it will return for its sixth edition next year on June 25-29.

The event concluded at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center on Friday (29/06)..

Organized by the Bali chapter of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita), BBTF was attended by 320 buyers from 41 countries and 241 sellers from 6 countries.

Rob Haynes, director of the United Kingdom’s Red Tree Representation, said during a press conference that feedback from the buyers he represented at BBTF showed they were impressed by the quality of the sellers at the fair as well as the variety of the promoted destinations.

“You can see existing destinations in Bali but also learn more about other parts of Indonesia,” he said.

Haynes said about half of the tour operators were keen on famous destinations, particularly in South Bali, and the rest were more open to explore other parts of Bali and Indonesia.

“Some tour operators are focused on volume, so they tend to concentrate on destinations that are easy to sell. Then you have tour operators who are more specialists and they’re looking for different experiences. It could be an exotic homestay, a trip to the Komodo Island, or the Gili Islands, or it could be a little cruise,” Haynes told reporters.

The travel fair went well despite the scare from Mount Agung’s eruption early on Friday, which caused Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to be closed for a few hours. A total of 446 flights, including 207 international ones, were cancelled.

Badung Tourism Office head I Made Badra said the district office, which co-hosted BBTF, had prepared free buses and accommodation for passengers whose flights had to be rescheduled. Luckily, the airport was soon opened again on the same day at 2.30 p.m.

“The eruption gave us a bit of a worry because some of our buyers and some journalists were scheduled to leave the island that day. Thank God the airport was only closed for a few hours,” BBTF chairman Ketut Ardana said.

Even Bigger Next Year

Ketut said the fair reached its goal of Rp 7.71 trillion ($539.7 million) in transactions and next year he wants to “make this event much bigger, better and stronger.”

Ketut expects more overseas sellers will join the fair next year, which will help BBTF become an international travel marketplace. He said Cambodia and Thailand will definitely return as sellers in 2019.

“Cambodia and Thailand will have their pavilions side-by-side next year. It will be bigger than ever,” he said.

However, Haynes suggested the focus of the fair should still be Indonesia. He urged the organizers to “try and push your own beautiful destinations” and said it is better grow “a bit gradually rather than too big too soon.”

“Don’t get people just for the volume, you have to maintain the quality of your sellers,” Haynes said.

Ketut said BBTF’s ultimate goal remains to become a global travel market.

He said Badung will still co-host the festival next year, but other districts have also expressed interest to do it in the years after, including Jayapura in Papua, Samosir in North Sumatra, South Sulawesi and Togean Islands in Central Sulawesi.

“Selection will be on a first come, first served basis. We don’t want to take risks. All of them are capable of doing it. You should only apply to be a co-host when you have plenty of destinations ready to welcome tourists,” Ketut said.

This year, buyers and journalists were taken on a tour to explore tourist destinations in Bali after the fair. The Jakarta Globe and 13 other groups toured Jembrana, a district in West Bali.

Jembrana already has some popular tourist attractions, including the Bunut Bolong tree and Palasari Church, as well as several resorts. But the district so far has done little branding to promote them.

“The Jembrana administration knows it has very attractive tourist destinations. That’s why we invited them to showcase their potentials at BBTF,” Ketut said.

Next year, Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which developed the Nusa Dua complex where BBTF took place, will organize a trip to their resort in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.

Mandalika is one of the Tourism Ministry’s four priority destinations that have been dubbed the “New Balis.”

“We’re building the next Nusa Dua in Mandalika. Next year we’ll try to organize a fam trip there,” ITDC president director Abdulbar M. Mansoer said.

 

(Jakarta Globe)

Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival Highlights Indonesia’s Cultural Riches

 

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(Jakarta Globe)

Jakarta. The Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival, or JFFF, 2018 will kick off on Thursday (05/04) at the Mal Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.

The annual event is a collaboration between Summarecon, which owns and manages the mall, and the provincial government of Jakarta. This year’s festival will be the 15th held at the mall.

“We’re so excited for the 15th JFFF,” Soegianto Nagaria, chairman of JFFF, said during a press conference at the National Museum. “At JFFF, we consistently perpetuate and develop Indonesia’s cultural riches by promoting our culinary and fashion industries.”

Jakarta’s governor, Anies Baswedan, also gave his support for the event.

“I’m very happy with this event,” the governor said. “It’s a positive collaboration between the government and private sector. And with this event, people in Jakarta can get to know the massive riches of Indonesia’s culture and learn to appreciate them.”

JFFF’s food festival will run between April 5 and May 6. For the food festival this year, La Piazza, the alfresco dining area at Mal Kelapa Gading 3, will be transformed into a tropical garden with thatched-roof booths offering local cuisine from all over the country.

There will be approximately 100 booths at the food festival this year.

“Last year, the festival focused on noodle dishes from all over the archipelago,” Soegianto said. “This year, the festival will highlight various Indonesian soto [traditional soups].”

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fashion Village, a bazaar that showcases fashion items by Indonesia’s small-and-medium enterprises, will run on the ground floor of the mall on April 11 – 29.

The series of fashion shows will take place at the ballroom of Harris Hotel, which is located in the premises of the mall, on April 19 – 29.

The opening fashion show, themed ‘On Fleek,’ will showcase the collections of young Indonesian designers Albert Yanuar, Patrick Owen and Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan.

In the fashion show, Yosafat will present his fall/winter 2018 workwear collection, themed “Literalist.”

“I was inspired by a minimalist art movement in the United States in the 1960s when designing this collection,” the designer said.

The collection will feature tailored jackets with lapels in contrasting colors, slim fit pants and pencil skirts.

On Friday, April 20, Indonesia’s modest wear designer Jenahara will showcase her fall/winter 2018 collection themed “Wanita” (Women).

“This collection is inspired by different characteristics of our customers,” Jenahara said.

The collection, which uses a lot of Tenun Ikat Ende from East Nusa Tenggara, will be divided into three main types of women, which are feminine, boyish and fierce.

“With this collection, we want to show that Jenahara caters to all women,” the designer said.

Indonesian young designer Wilsen Willim will also showcase his fall/winter 2018 collection in the fashion festival on Sunday, April 22.

“It’s something light and relaxed for the season,” the designer said.

The collection will feature baggy shirtdresses, shorts, pants and flowy jackets made of wool and Tenun (handwoven fabrics) from Garut and Cirebon (West Java).

The fashion festival will culminate on Thursday, April 26, with a show by Indonesia’s high fashion designer Eddy Betty.

In the show, the senior designer will showcase his special batik and kebaya collection themed “Kinasih.”

(Jakarta Globe)

Bali and Beyond Travel Fair Set to Become Global Marketplace

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(Travel Time Mag)

 

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(Photo by the Jakarta Post)

Jakarta. The annual Bali and Beyond Travel Fair, or BBTF, is set to return for its fifth edition at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center from June 27 to June 30. This year, the travel fair will not only promote Indonesian destinations, but also be a marketplace for other countries.

(http://www.bali-indonesia.com)

Organized by the Bali chapter of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita), BBTF is a business-to-business event for local travel industry players to sell travel packages to foreign buyers.

Buyers include travel wholesalers, retailers, agents, conventions and incentive organizers.

The Tourism Ministry, BBTF’s main sponsor, has been working to turn the event into a marketplace with more sellers from overseas, but South Korea Tourism Organization was the sole foreign seller in BBTF 2017.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said during last year’s fair he wanted BBTF to be “a global marketplace” on par with the ITB Berlin show in Germany.

This year, more countries have confirmed they will be attending the event, including Vietnam, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand.

“Thailand even booked a pavilion because they are bringing 10 industry players,” BBTF chairman Ketut Ardana told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday (22/03) during a media visit.

He said foreign sellers should be welcomed at BBTF, and that the Indonesians do not need to worry about competing with them.

Ketut said BBTF 2018 will be attended by a total of 275 buyers and 225 sellers from 40 countries.

BBTF is also sticking to its main mission to market local destinations and help the Tourism Ministry to achieve its target of attracting 20 million foreign visitors in 2018.

This year’s fair will set aside a pavilion to promote the ministry’s 10 top priority destinations, dubbed as the “10 New Balis.”

There will also be a post-event tour to show the potentials of nearby tourist destinations Banyuwangi (East Java), Kupang and Lembata (East Nusa Tenggara) and Tana Toraja (South Sulawesi).

The 2017 fair recorded a Rp 5.6 trillion ($408.8) turnover from 174 sellers and 198 domestic and foreign buyers. Ketut said this year they expect the number to reach Rp 7.8 trillion.

 

(News by Jakarta Globe)

(Travel Fair) Astindo eyes 25% increase in revenue from travel expo

(Astindo Travel Fair, March 24 to March 26, 2018)

 

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Association of Air Ticketing Companies in Indonesia (Astindo) is eyeing a significant jump in revenue from this year’s travel expo, Astindo Fair, which will gather hundreds of airline companies and travel agents in Jakarta and Surabaya on March 24 to 26.

The 2017 Astindo Fair is expected to lure at least 150,000 visitors and generate transaction value of up to Rp 200 billion (US$15 million), up 25 percent from last year’s revenue of Rp 160 billion from 105,000 visitors.

 

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“We have high expectations because this year’s venues are bigger than in previous years and we have been more aggressive in promoting this event,” Astindo chairwoman Elly Hutabarat said Thursday.

The expo, set to be held at the Jakarta Convention Center’s Plenary and Assembly halls in the country’s capital city and Pakuwon shopping mall in Surabaya, will bring together 150 exhibitors consisting of various airline companies and travel agents.

Elly also said the fair was in line with the government’s Pesona Indonesia campaign, which is projected to boost the number of domestic travelers in the country.

Indonesia is seeking to spur significant growth in the tourist sector in a bid to lure 20 million tourists a year by 2019, nearly double last year’s figure of around 12 million per year.

To meet the target, the government is working on developing 10 new tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur Temple in Central Java and Thousands Islands in Jakarta. (bbn)

(Jakarta Post)