Tourists Move Out of Nusa Dua during APEC Summit

DENPASAR

Travelers staying in Nusa Dua, move into other places during the Summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in October 2013.

“We think the tourists who come to Bali would not be too concerned if they cannot stay in Nusa Dua because there are stillmany hotels available, such as in Kuta, Ubud, Denpasar, Karangasem, and so on. Now the travel agency should smartly set them,” said Chairman of the Asita Bali Council Ketut Ardana in Denpasar.

APEC Summit will be held early in October 2013, where the event is focused in the area of Nusa Dua, as well as place where the heads of state and delegates are staying is also the same.

“Mainly European tourists, they would prefer to stay inplaces that are relatively quiet such as Candidasa (Karangasem), Sanur, and Ubud. So it does not matter at all ifit turns out that they cannot stay in Nusa Dua,” he said.

While domestic tourists and tourists from Southeast Asia, he said, tend to stay in crowded areas such as Kuta and Denpasar. “Therefore, we see that the APEC summit will not until reduce interest of tourists to come to Bali because they cannot stay in Nusa Dua. Precisely with the implementation of the summit, it will be a great promotion for Bali’s tourism in the future, “he said.

He said that he will not going to have to get a hotel in Nusa Dua during the APEC summit because there are a lot of hotels have been ordered by the delegates.

“We have been engaged in the world of tourism for a long time, we already know the steps that must be taken to serve travelers when they have to be outside the Nusa Dua area, “ he said.

On the other hand, Ardana said that there are also foreign tourists who prefer living in local people residence so that they can be directly in touch with the local culture.

On that occasion Asita launch “Bali and Beyond Travel Fair” (BBTF) in 2014 as a tourism destination promotional event in Bali and other areas in Indonesia to the international world.

“Bali and surrounding areas tourism exhibition (BBTF) which will be held on June 10-14, 2014 becomes more special because of the tourism industry outside Bali could display their cultural arts to the customers from all around the world who will be invited,” said Ardana.

He stated that in the 2014 BBTF event, there are two main agendas, the business sessions and seminars are held in Nusa Dua and direct promotion sessions in Kuta, Badung regency. There is also an agenda to visit some tourist attractions in Bali.

“The main purpose is BBTF connects parties involving in the tourism industry through international conferences and exhibitions, facilitating the practitioners of tourism industry with the potential international tourism practitioner’s and more introducing Balinese culture and cultural treasures of the Indonesian archipelago to the eyes of the world, “he said.

At least these activities, he explained, will involve more than 500 sellers from domestic and foreign representative in the field of tour and travel services. They further meet with more than 300 promising customers from both in house and overseas representing a unique and multinations tourism industry from around the world.

“Bali has been an outstanding magnet for the world, so with BBTF event in 2014, we are able to contribute to our relatives in Lombok, Java, Makassar, Papua, Medan and so forth that have tourism potential but not many foreign tourists visit it,” said Ardana. It also has met with the representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) and Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika and has received a positive response to the event.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Committee of BBTF 2012 Freddy Panca said that the target of 500 sellers for the exhibition will be more focused on tourism industry that has direct international flight access from and to ASEAN countries, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Netherlands and so on.

“While for the direct promotion targets, there will be at least 15 provinces in the Indonesian tourist destination to be promoted in two full days and promotional programs directly in contact with the presence of foreign tourists,” he said.

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