Southeast Asian buyers join Yogyakarta famtrip
The Jakarta Post
The tourism minister invited 18 Southeast Asian buyers from Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam and two journalists to take part in a familiarization trip (famtrip) to the Jogja Travel Mart (JTM) 2017 from May 15 to 19 in Yogyakarta.
“Initially we targeted 75 sellers, however, up until the close of the event we managed to have 88 sellers, and from the target of having 120 buyers the event we ended up having 144 buyers,” said I Gde Pitana, an official in charge of overseas promotion at the ministry.
Themed “Jogja the Unforgettable Journey,” the event, which is in its eighth year, offered business opportunities for both sellers and buyers.
Travel agents, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other stakeholders in Yogyakarta and around Central Java participated in the event.
“The Jogja Travel Mart is the only international travel mart held in Yogyakarta. It’s a collaborative effort between the Yogyakarta Tourism Agency, the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies [ASITA], the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office [VITO] and the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association [PHRI],” Pitana said.
A welcome dinner was held on the first day of the JTM 2017, followed by a business-to-business (B2B) networking meeting on the second day.
On the next day, hosted buyers went on an educational trip to Borobudur temple and enjoyed cave tubing at Pindul Cave as the event aimed to highlight tourist attractions in the Yogyakarta area.
A closing dinner was held on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. On the occasion, all buyers were informed about the plan to build the New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA), which will open in 2020. (kes)
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