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INCCA Protests PATA Conference Management

Indonesian Conference Association Criticizes Lack of PCO Involvement in PATA Event.

(2/10/2003) Iqbal Alan Abdullah the Chairman of the Indonesian Congress & Convention Association (INCCA) has declared that his organization will file a strong protests with the Government for failing to engage the services of a national professional conference organizer (PCO) in preparations for the 52nd annual Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference to be held in Bali April 13-17, 2003.

Quoted in the Indonesian-language daily newspaper Kompas, and citing the lack of involvement by a local PCO in the planning and preparations for the coming PATA conference, Iqbal said he will protest, on behalf of his association, the failure of the government to obey its own regulations requiring the engagement of a PCO in every international event.

Iqbal, who is also the President Director of Royalindo International, a local PCO, went on to explain that the appointment of a PR company alone, which he says has happened with the PATA Conference preparations, will not address the myriad details that must be handled in organizing an international conference.

Discussion among the members of INCCA are said to be ongoing regarding how best to make their protest formally known to the Government.