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Surakarta, on its way to being a MICE City

  • Blontank Poer

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 26 2009   /  01:59 pm

In the midst of the Euro-Asia World Heritage Cities Conference and Exhibition in Surakarta in October last year, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda promised to make Surakarta a new convention city in the country after Jakarta and Bali. Wirajuda said that the prerequisite was that the city should have a convention room that could hold 4,000 people. The Surakarta city administration did not disregard the foreign minister's statement. Its mayor, Joko Widodo, immediately intensified approaches to and lobbying of investors, especially to develop the property sector for convention, exhibition facilities and hotels. "We already have a number of investors who are interested in projects as they see that the city is in good shape," Joko Widodo told The Jakarta Post. Jokowi, as he is often called, said he would provide investors with incentives. "What is most urgent for Solo (the...