Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, reporting for TTGmice (2008-02-14)

BALI is seeing the return of the meetings market from Australia and some suppliers, who stopped attending AIME - the 16th AsiaPacific Incentives & Meetings Expo is taking place in Melbourne between February 19 and 20 - are ..." />
 
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Australians keen to meet in Bali again
 
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, reporting for TTGmice (2008-02-14)

BALI is seeing the return of the meetings market from Australia and some suppliers, who stopped attending AIME - the 16th AsiaPacific Incentives & Meetings Expo is taking place in Melbourne between February 19 and 20 - are making a return.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali general manager, Mr Jan Bundgaard, said: "Over the last six months, we have seen an incredible increase in demand (in overall meetings business), and what is interesting is that they are coming from Australian-based companies and PCOs (professional conference organisers).

Tour East Indonesia general manager, Mr Eddy Putra, said Australia used to be a good market for corporate incentives prior to the bombings, which vanished, but was now coming back.

To tap the renewed interest, some members of the Bali trade, who had been absent from AIME, will take part again, according to Mr Putra.

"What we need now is the support from the airlines to boost this market," Mr Putra said.

Garuda Indonesia's Australia and South-west Pacific office, quoting the Australian Bureau of Statistics, said outbound traffic to Bali in 2007 increased 63 per cent, from 126,595 in 2006 to 206,427 last year, making Bali the second most popular destination in Asia after Japan.

2007 was excellent for Bali, and for Indonesia internationally, with the success of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) capping a momentous year for the island. More than 10,000 participants from nearly 190 counties gave the destination's meetings business a huge boost. Garuda Indonesia's Australia and South-west Pacific, Mr Poerwoko Soeparyono, said the event put Bali right back on the map.

Garuda flies 27 times from Australia to Bali per week (23 times direct to Bali, plus four times a week via Jakarta) with flights departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.

 
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