As Indonesia’s tourism revival continues, Jakarta and Bali are preparing to welcome back business travellers to their respective meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) sectors. According to official reports this week, corporate events and golf tournaments will be allowed to resume, provided they follow official safety protocols and do not operate at full capacity.
MICE events were suspended in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Now, tourism officials and health experts have deemed corporate tourism to be the first, most manageable tourism sector to be reopened. “Hopefully in the next day or two we will issue a letter to allow MICE events at 50% capacity,” said Jakarta tourism agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia in a statement published by the Jakarta Post today (9/7). “We will also allow outdoor corporate events and golf tournaments to be held in Jakarta,” he added.
Bali is also looking to increase the number of MICE events held on the island, with government agencies, state-owned enterprises and corporations beginning to host corporate functions there this month. These groups will pave the way for foreign business events, golf and tourism; the island has also scheduled a “Bali MICE Exchange” programme in early December, inviting domestic and international event organisers to promote MICE tourism on the island. Bali will reopen to international arrivals in September.
Elsewhere in Indonesia, Java’s iconic Borobudur monument – the nation’s most popular tourism attraction – reopened its first level to the public this week, welcoming back domestic travellers with a view to hosting international arrivals soon thereafter. In Sumatra, Lake Toba has been officially listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, becoming Indonesia’s fifth destination to achieve this accolade. Other sites listed by UNESCO include Mount Batur, Bali; Cileteuh in Sukabumi, West Java; Mount Sewu, Yogyakarta; and Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
With corporate events and golfing tournaments returning, new flights being scheduled, attractions reopening and parks being internationally recognised, Indonesia’s stellar range of tourism objects, attractions and services are poised and ready to welcome back international arrivals.
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