Photo of the Day Bali plays host to live event for ITB Berlin NOW 2021 By Mimi Hudoyo / Posted on 15 March, 2021 16:28 Indonesian sellers who took part in the recently-concluded virtual ITB Berlin NOW 2021 convened in a live meeting held in Bali, which was hosted by the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MOTCE). The event, which took place from March 9-12, saw the ballroom at The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali transform into the ‘Indonesian Pavilion’ complete with a coffee corner, a photo booth plus handicraft booths in the foyer. Indonesian sellers connecting with buyers during an event held at The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali during the virtual ITB Berlin NOW 2021 A total of 65 sellers – majority of whom were Bali-based – attended the event, conducting their business with buyers in the ballroom. Dance and music performances were staged at the opening ceremony, while Visit Indonesia Tourism Office Germany and the Indonesia Inbound Tour Operators Association organised destination presentations. Nia Niscaya, deputy for marketing, MOTCE, said that there were several reasons for organising a live event, including wanting to boost the sellers’ spirits amid the pandemic by giving them a working ambiance close to that of a trade show, as well as to ensure that sellers keep to their appointments to show their commitment to buyers. The event also meant to showcase that business events could be conducted safely with strict implementation of the new protocols. All participants underwent antigen swab tests and stayed at the hotel. Bali was chosen as the event venue as the volume search by potential international travellers remained high. It was also part of efforts to prepare for the reopening of the destination, with MOTCE “working closely with the related ministries to reopen the border in stages,” said Nia.