Published on : Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Pacific Asia Travel Association will hold the 39th PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Greater Jakarta, Banten Province, Indonesia on September 7-9 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE). The Mart is being generously hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia.
Situated in Tangerang, Banten, only 30 minutes away from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, ICE is Indonesia’s biggest convention and exhibition centre with eco-friendly and energy efficient features. The surrounding province of Banten enjoys a rich cultural heritage and pristine natural resources from the archaeological remains of the Banten Kingdom to secluded islands, landscaped resorts and spectacular golf courses. Key attractions in Banten include the Tanjung Lesung, an unspoiled and serene peninsular offering the most beautiful beaches on Java; the Old Banten Complex, the former capital of the Banten Sultanate offering historical attractions from the Kaiboon Palace to the Grand Mosque of Banten; and the Ujung Kulon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features one of the world’s most pristine natural eco-systems of flora and fauna, boasting virgin beaches and healthy coral reefs.
“We are extremely excited that PATA Travel Mart is returning to Indonesia, having held one of our most successful Marts in Bali in 2007. This year, we have the opportunity to showcase a part of Indonesia that offers a variety of historical and natural attractions for today’s travellers,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. “Once again we will adding value for all delegates by partnering with Phocuswright and Connecting Travel to present the PATA Innovation Forum. New for 2016 is the PATA Blogger Forum that’s designed to educate industry stakeholders on the importance of content creation in the digital age. Furthermore, the popular PTM Talk sessions continue during each day of the Mart.”
On March 2, 2016, the announcement of free visa regulation in Indonesia was released granting Free Visa-on-Arrival to 169 countries, including Australia. “With the free visa to Indonesia, it is expected that Indonesia tourism will increase 5 to 25 percent,” explained I Gde Pitana, Deputy Minister for International Tourism, Republic of Indonesia.
PATA Travel Mart (PTM) is the Association’s signature event and Asia Pacific’s premier travel trade show, featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their network and build or maintain existing relationships.
PTM 2015 in Karnataka, India attracted 1480 delegates from 61 countries for the three day event, facilitating over 10,000 pre-matched appointments and bringing together qualified international buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, educational forums and networking functions.