Established travel fair pulls out from first April weekend

IN order to avoid confusion among consumers and the trade, has decided to postpone its Indonesia Travel and Holiday Fair (ITHF) by two weeks to April 14 to 17, giving up its originally planned dates to newcomer ASTINDO International Travel Fair (AITF) (TTG Asia e-Daily, February 17).

RajaMICE CEO, Panca Sarungu, said: “(The new date) is also a better timing for customers to decide on buying a holiday package (as it is closer to the school holidays) compared to the beginning of the month.”

He added that ITHF had partnered Indonesian bank giant BCA, specially created a day for trade visitors and was holding the event at Central Park Mall in West Jakarta, where the majority of Chinese travellers reside.

On the other hand, AITF organising committee chairman Elly Hutabarat said having its fair earlier would give travellers more departure dates to choose from.

She said: “Twelve world airlines are participating at our show; some will have booths and others will throw special promo fares to agents. The major travel agents are also participating. Besides, location plays an important role, and the Jakarta Convention Center is best.”

Panorama Tours president director Royanto Handaya said: “Each show seems to have its own advantages so the best for us is to participate in both.”

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