MICE to boost Indonesia coffers

THE INDONESIAN Ministry of Culture and Tourism is expecting to generate between 40 and 50 per cent tourism income from MICE over the next three years.

Indonesia will host some 600 international meetings and events between 2011 and 2013, including the ASEAN Summit and SEA Games this year, Global CEO Summit in 2012 and APEC Forum in 2013.

Indonesia president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed the relevant government agencies to spread the events across different regions in the country.

“Look for meeting places in the cities across Indonesia,” said Yudhoyono. “Don’t use only Jakarta or Bali, but also introduce other cities which are ready for such meetings.”

In the meantime, the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, opening in May, will add a convention hall, 17 meetings rooms, a plenary hall for up to 1,800 people and an outdoor venue for up to 1,000 people to the growing MICE facilities on the island.

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