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Bali to Have a Conference and Convention Bureau?

Bali Tourism Industry Laying Groundwork for Opening of Conference and Convention Bureau in Late 2013

(5/17/2013) Members of Bali’s tourism industry are planning to establish a Bali Convention Bureau following the completion of the APEC Summit to be held in late 2013.

Bisnis Bali quoted the Executive Director of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA), Djjinaldi Gosana, who confirmed steps are now underway to create a professional convention bureau towards the end of 2013. In the meantime, plans are being formulated covering the organization, funding and responsibilities of the bureau intended to increase the volume of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) held in Bali.

Gosana said a focused front is needed to manage the promotion and negotiation of MICE activities in Bali, tasked with recruiting world-class events to the island.

The BHA executive director said he hoped members of Bali’s travel industry would use the APEC Summit as an opportunity to promote Bali to the international meeting’s delegates as a means to persuade more international conferences to be held in Bali.

The Bali Convention Bureau, according to Gosana, would ideally be operated under the Bali Tourism Promotion Board now being formulated for the province. “We will also embrace the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Tourism Association (GIPI)," said Gosana.