Spa festival set to promote Indonesia's rejuvenating retreats
The Jakarta Post
Those looking for a total body rejuvenation retreat but have no clue where to find it can check out the first Archipelago Spa Festival 2017 that will be held on July 16 at Mega Mall Batam Centre in Batam, Riau Islands.
The international-scale event will feature an exhibition, talk shows, great sale and competitions for the best spa, spa manager and spa therapist. Up to 100 exhibitors from across the globe will meet with more than 1,000 participants at this event.
“This festival aims to develop, preserve and introduce Indonesian spas that uses local spices to the people as well as tourists,” said the Tourism Ministry's Archipelago Tourism Marketing Development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.
“Spa is part of our culture, so [the festival] will help introduce our culture as well as our tourism. Foreign tourists love to explore cultural things like this,” added the ministry's head of Cultural Promotion Wawan Gunawan.
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Moreover, Wawan said that spa and tourism correlate with each other as tourists need to relax after traveling whilst the spa business needs tourists to survive and become a new industry that can support local economy.
Indonesia itself has earned reputation as one of the best spa destinations in the world. In 2009 and 2012, International Wellness Awards have recognized the archipelago as the best spa destination in the world.
European magazine Senses has also announced Bali as the best spa destination in the world in 2009 after its 60,000 readers cast their votes. Other recognition was also given by Luxury Spa Awards 2015 in Hong Kong in which Indonesia managed to bring home a total of 11 awards ranging from the best spa destination in Asia to the best luxury spa destination in the world. (kes)
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