During a meeting in Bali in April, hosted by Tom Nutley, Chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions, it became painfully evident that the Iraqi war, negative travel advisories and the developing SARS epidemic made it almost certain that Bali would not be represented at EIBTM - a leading exhibition for the Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition Industry to being held in Geneva, Switzerland May 20-22, 2003.
Working together with the Bali MICE Initiative - the publisher of Bali's annual comprehensive guide to meetings and conferences, and Casa Grande - the association of star-rated hotels in Bali, a deal was struck with Reed Exhibitions that now ensures Bali will be highly visible at this year's EIBTM.
With the addition of two more Destination Management Companies to the Geneva Delegation in the week before the exhibition four of the island's leading Destination Management Companies will now be on hand in Switzerland comprised of Ida Bagus Lolec of Pacific World Nusantara; John Daniels of Bali Discovery Tours; Marc Jacobs of Kelana DMC; and Roberto A. Don of Lotus Asia Tours.
The four will be standing shoulder to shoulder at the booth co-sponsored by the Bali MICE Initiative and Casa Grande promoting the many charms of Bali as a destination for meetings and conferences. In fact the four Bali representatives will leave their company business cards back in Bali and instead will be carrying their Bali MICE Initiative business cards at the event, dedicating their efforts to promoting the destination of Bali and the interests of all their Bali travel industry colleagues otherwise unable to participate at this year's event.
Meet the Bali team at stand 4315 in Geneva's Palexpo Geneva or make an on line meeting appointment via the EIBTM website.
At the EIBTM the Bali representatives will also conduct a Bali press conference scheduled at Room Three - Villa Sarasin at the Palexpo Geneva for Tuesday, May 20th at 2 p.m. Both the press and members of the travel industry are invited to attend the press conference to obtain an update on Bali tourism.
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