More Than A Decade Later, Jakarta Welcomes The Indonesian Annual Travel Mart

The Indonesian annual travel mart, Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) or Pasar Wisata Indonesia this year is set to take place in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Last time it was hosted in Indonesia’s capital city was in 2004. The the ASITA -Association of Indonesian Travel Agencies- which is taking the organisation in cooperation with organiser Pacto Convex- instigated a two-year turnaround to another destination. Yogyakarta, Makassar, Lombok but also Bandar Lampung, Bali (in conjunction with PATA Travel Mart), Banda Aceh had the opportunity to host the conference.

Over the years however, some delegates complained about the long ways to reach the selected destination, due to insufficient or non-existent international air connections.

However Jakarta is now back for hosting the B2B travel show, which is the last one in Indonesia to be entirely dedicated to the trade. Themed “The Role of Tourism in Stimulating the National Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime Tourism towards ASEAN Economic Community”, this premier tourism event is scheduled on 13 – 16 October 2015 at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel Jakarta.

Meity Robot, Chairperson of TIME 2015 declared, “we are excited Jakarta will host TIME this year. We encourage buyers worldwide and sellers from various provinces in Indonesia to take part in this annual Indonesian travel trade tourism event, to signify interests and confidence towards Indonesia, networking opportunity within the framework of mutually beneficial business alliance, and explore every possibility for expanding their business in Indonesia”, Meity pointed out.

The Chairperson of Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB), Yanti Sukamdani added, “Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) reflects our commitment to support the Indonesian tourism industry and at the same time maintain the country’s image to the international market”.

This year Indonesian Tourism Ministry has set a target to receive 10 million foreign tourists and aimed to welcome 20 million of tourist arrivals by 2019. In line with this, the government has moved to waive visa requirements from less than 20 nations to 90 countries. It is considered an important step to help Indonesia achieve its target of foreign tourist arrivals as well as intensify overseas promotions to realize the target.

TIME has been recognized as the market place for international buyers of tourism and travel products to meet all of Indonesia under of roof. It is the best and most effective means for buyers from all over the world to experience and understand
the world’s largest archipelago.

TIME 2015 is supported by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia as well as the Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB), the Indonesian Tourism Council (MPI), Garuda Indonesia as the Official Airline, the Association of the Indonesian Tours & Travel Agencies (ASITA), Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), the Indonesian Conference and Convention Association (INCCA), and Pacto Convex as the event organizer.

TIME last year was held in Banda Aceh, recording participant of 60 Buyers from 18 countries, mostly from Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. They met with 60 Sellers from various provinces of Indonesia.

The percentage of Sellers based on activity is Hotel, Resort & Spa (75%), NTOs (10%), Tour Operator/Travel Agents
(7%), Adventure/Activity Holiday (3%), Airlines (1.5%), and Others (Hotel Management, Tourism Board, Tourism Organization (8.5%).