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. 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 for October 13-16, 2015 at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel Jakarta.
Meity Robot, Chairperson of TIME 2015 said, entering its 21st year of conduct, TIME will be held in Jakarta after being rotated in various provinces in Indonesia for eleven years.
“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 said, “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 dozens of countries reaching now to 90 countries as one of important steps 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 accommodates the interests of those who offer Indonesia’s tourism products and services to the international markets. The event will feature most of Indonesia’s tourist attractions which include all popular destinations and special interests as well as top tourist facilities available in the country. It is also the best and most effective means for buyers from all over the world to experience and understand the Wonderful Indonesia.
TIME 2015 is supported by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and the entire component of Indonesian tourism, including Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB), Indonesian Tourism Council (MPI), Garuda Indonesia as Official Airlines, Association of the Indonesian Tours & Travel Agencies (ASITA), Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Indonesian Conference and Convention Association (INCCA), and Pacto Convex as the event organizer.
TIME last year was held in Banda Aceh, recorded attendants of 60 Buyers from 18 countries which mostly from Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, with 60 Sellers from various provinces of Indonesia dominated by Aceh, Riau islands, North Sumatra, East Java, and Bangka Belitung occupying 36 Booths at the Mart. The percentage of Sellers based on industry is Hotel, Resort & Spa (75%), NTO (10%), Tour Operator/Travel Agent (7%), Adventure/Activity Holiday (3%), Airline (1.5%), and Others (Hotel Management, Tourism Board, Tourism Organization (8.5%).