Hari Belanja Diskon Indonesia is set to become an annual event. (Shutterstock/File)
In celebration of the 72nd Indonesian independence day, the Indonesian Shopping Centers Tennants Associaton (Hippindo) together with tourism ministry are set to hold a national discount day event entitled HBD Indonesia (Hari Belanja Diskon Indonesia), from August 15 to 27.
The promotions will be associated with the number 72, such as 72 percent discount or special price of Rp 72,000 throughout all stores and shops in Indonesia. Other interesting promos include buy-one-get-one, 17 percent discount, eight percent discount for the purchase of the second item, shopping reward, free delivery and 0 percent installments from Bank Mandiri.
Two hundred companies which manage 500 local and international brands of fashion, electronics, food and beverage and entertainment will be participating in HBD Indonesia. The event is expected to attract 20 million local tourists and 30.000 international tourists, as the dates coincide with summer holiday in foreign countries.
HBD Indonesia itself is set to become an annual event. This year, the committee has picked one traditional item that will be the highlight of the event.
“For this year, the highlighted product is Batik Mega Mendung from Cirebon, that is the city’s iconic batik motif,” said tourism ministry's culinary and shopping tourism acceleration team head, Vita Datau Messakh.
Vita also mentioned another event in line with the HBD Indonesia festivity, “An interesting event called Happy Birthday Indonesia Festival will run from August 15 to 27 at Gambir Expo, JIExpo, Kemayoran. The festival will feature Jember Fashion Carnival."
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Other events that will be held alongside HBD Indonesia include talk shows, music performances and a culinary festival. There will also be a flag ceremony, independence day competitions.
A pre-event will be held on August 13 which features urban trail running event during the car free day. The run will be divided into three categories: 10K, 5K and Kid’s Dash. Another category is set for senior citizens who are above 45-year-old. The first 100 men and women that reach the finish line will receive shopping vouchers as gifts.
“There will also be around 30 special needs children between the ages of 13 to 18 years old from Sekolah Luar Biasa Asih Budi, Jakarta who will take part in the competition. They will run for about 1.5 kilometers,” Vita added. (asw)