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Third ASTINDO Fair to bulk up in size and offerings
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, January 10, 2013

THE Association of Air Ticketing Companies in Indonesia (ASTINDO) is organising its third ASTINDO Fair in March, which is expected to be double the size of last year's event and draw twice as many participants as travel demand in the country grows.


ASTINDO president, Elly Hutabarat, said the show, to be held March 22-24, would occupy the 4,000m2 Plenary Hall of the Jakarta Convention Center, twice the size of the hall used last year.


With more space, the association expects the number of participating companies to double from 77 to 144, and the maximum space allowance per company to increase from 36m2 to 72m2. ASTINDO also predicts a rise in visitor numbers, from 45,000 to 50,000, and a 10 per cent increase in business transactions over 2012’s total of Rp48 billion (US$5 million).


Speaking to the media during the trade launch of the event yesterday, Hutabarat said: “We have seen increasing demand for domestic and outbound travel, thanks to the growth of the middle class in Indonesia. People do not only travel during the holiday seasons now, but also at other times of the year such as when airlines offer special fares or during the low season.”


This is reflected in the growing interest from NTOs, airlines, travel agencies as well as other travel-related companies such as banks and insurance companies to participate in the fair.


“This year, we are also inviting more regional tourism promotion boards and regional tourism offices to promote their destinations, as we know that domestic travel demand is huge. The number of trips last year was estimated to reach 245 million,” she said.


Last year’s fair attracted 45 travel companies, seven airlines, eight NTOs, one regional tourist office and several travel-related firms.

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