Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) will be held this year in Makassar, Sulawesi – known in former times as Ujung Pandang, from September 18-21, 2006.
The headquarters for TIME 2006 is the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, featuring state-of-the-art facilities necessary to host a modern conference and exhibition.
According to the Chief Tourism Officer for Makassar, Eddy Kosasih Parawansa, buyers from a total of 23 different countries have already registered to participate at TIME 2006 as of early May, with new applications coming in on a daily basis. Meanwhile, 23 sellers of Indonesian travel products have registered to exhibit in Makassar.
With previous TIME events being held in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, the Government selected Makassar to host this year's gathering in order to showcase the many tourism wonders of Eastern Indonesia. Makassar is widely considered the gateway to all the Eastern provinces of Indonesia. One of Indonesia's most historical cities, Makassar is home to historic old Fort Rotterdam and a large and very active traditional sailing ship fleet. The City also serves as the entry point for visitors wishing to visit the world famous land of Toraja – home to hanging tombs and ship-shaped houses specific to this region.
Qualified travel industry buyers who pay a US$250 registration fee will received accommodation during the mart, admission to the event, access to 75% discount air travel to Makassar, ground transportation, pre-scheduled appointments, and invitations to a entire range of entertainment and dining programs being held in conjunction with TIME 2006. Buyers will also have the opportunity to participate in a whole range of post-conference tours to destinations throughout Indonesia.
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