APEC meetings to spread across several Indonesian cities

THE Indonesian government has selected 10 destinations to host preliminary meetings related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali next November.

The ten destinations are Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Palembang, Jogjakarta, Lombok, Manado, Makassar, Semarang and Surabaya.

Indonesia Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, said the move was part of the central government authority’s efforts to introduce other MICE destinations beyond Jakarta and Bali, giving them a chance to host international events.

“Discussion topics on the tourism agenda (for these related meetings) are sustainable tourism development and common visa,” Pangestu said.

Meanwhile, Pangestu said infrastructure development across Bali, which includes the expansion of the Ngurah Rai International Airport and the construction of the Nusa Dua-Airport-Benoa toll road and underpass at Simpang Siur, is “on track” and will complete by mid-2013, before the APEC Summit.

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