THE Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy facilitated 30 Indonesian tourism businesses to promote and book transactions of IDR65.9 billion in the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 tourism exchange in Brunei Darussalam.

According to the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesodibjo directly led a delegation from Indonesia consisting of tourism industry players who participated including those from the Riau Islands, West Java, DKI Jakarta, Central Java, DI Yogyakarta, Bali, and NTB.

ATF Travel Exchange (Travex) as the largest exhibition and tourism exchange in the ASEAN region and was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, this year was attended by 161 companies as potential buyers from 43 countries and 263 sellers from 10 ASEAN member countries and India. It was recorded that Indonesian tourism business people managed to make 524 appointments by getting 36,450 potential pax worth IDR65.9 billion.

The Indonesian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesodibjo, occupied the Indonesian Pavilion at East Wing Exhibition Hall No. H1-H25 covering an area of ​​180 m2 for 20 booths. While the main concept shown is the destination “Joglosemar” (Jogya, Solo, Semarang) with Borobudur as an icon. Borobudur is also one of the 5 super priority destinations that this year is starting to be heavily promoted.

“The Indonesian Pavilion during the event carried out activities including providing tourism information services as well as providing a place for conducting business meetings between Indonesian tourism businesses and buyers,” Angela said.

Meanwhile, to attract visitors to the Indonesian Pavilion, the facilities are Photospot Corner, Wellness Corner, Indonesia Drinks Corner and Indonesian Gastronomy Diplomacy Corner.

Travex is part of the main activities of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 which was attended by ministers/deputy ministers of tourism throughout ASEAN and partners. The ATF 2020 was officially opened by the Chair of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting and Chair of the ASEAN Tourism Forum Steering Board 2020 Dato Seri Setia Haji Ali bin Apong.

At the ASEAN tourism ministers meeting a number of important issues were discussed including the digitalization of tourism which demands changes for future generations of travelers. In the series of closing ATF 2020, at The Empire Hotel and Resort, Bandar Seri Begawan, the ASEAN Tourism Award 2020 event was also held.

In the awarding ceremony, Indonesia received 13 awards in several categories including categories; Sustainable Tourism Standard Award, ASEAN MICE Venue Standard, ASEAN Green Hotel Standard, and ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard. []