Indonesia rolls out G20-related Side Events Programme

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MoTCE) has launched The Indonesian G20 Side Events Programme to capitalise on the country’s G20 Presidency to provide its business events and tourism industry a boost.

Side events to take place this year have been divided into two categories, Substantive and Non-Substantive.

More than 70 tour packages to places like Labuan Bajo (pictured) have been developed to showcase the country’s natural beauty

Substantive side events are those in line with, and related to, the Tourism Working Group issues. These include the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Conference 2022 on June 21-24 in Bali; International Wellness Tourism Conference & Festival on August 5 in Solo, Central Java; and The World Conference on Creative Economy on October 5-7 in Bali.

Meanwhile, Non-Substantive side events are aimed at promoting Indonesian tourism destinations. Under this umbrella, MoTCE has put together excursions, and pre- and post-tours for G20 delegates. Currently, more than 70 tour packages to destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Lake Toba, Labuan Bajo, and Bangka Belitung are available.

Speaking at the launch of the Side Events Programme in Jakarta last week, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno, said he expected the events to bring tangible economic benefits to the business events industry, as well as promote Indonesian culture and tourism.

He hoped that the side events will have a “broad impact on the business events sector”, or at the very least, “create a wide range of business and job opportunities”.

The Side Events Programme will culminate on World Tourism Day, taking place in Bali on September 27.

MoTCE has also developed Kharisma Event Nusantara, a list of 110 curated festivals across 34 provinces in the country showcasing Indonesian culture, culinary, natural wealth, as well as sporting activities.

Rizki Handayani, deputy for tourism products and events at MoTCE, added: “Should the G20 be successfully held without a new (Covid-19) cluster, this will help build the industry’s confidence that Indonesia has the ability to organise large-scale events with international standards.”

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