Ascott Indonesia has signed an MoU with the Indonesia Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) and the Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association (Asperapi), where all parties will collaborate to support business events in Indonesia, especially Jakarta.
This comes as the Indonesian government’s plan to relocate the national capital from Jakarta to Ibu Kota Nusantara in East Kalimantan. As such, the partnership is expected to create reciprocal potential and competitive rates for event organisers.
Iqbal Alan Abdullah, chairman of INCCA, said: “The relocation plan of the National Capital (has pushed) business events stakeholders to collaborate in Jakarta, to (ensure) the city even more competitive.”
“I am optimistic that business events activities will continue to thrive. This is evidenced by the organisation of various international conferences such as the G20 series in 2022 and the ASEAN Summit series in 2023, as well as various national and international trade exhibitions and shows held in Jakarta and other regions.”
He opined that Jakarta would continue to be a popular business events destination as 57 per cent of Indonesia’s population – exceeding 31 million – live in Java and economic activities are concentrated there.
“Besides, 58 per cent of the nation’s money circulation is also in Java., making it the centre of business events development in Indonesia and South-east Asia,” he added.
Fenny Maria, corporate director of sales & distribution Ascott Indonesia, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with INCCA and Asperapi, which are two prominent associations in Indonesia. This partnership will help enhance the quality of human resources through training, promotion, and networking, particularly for the MICE industry, as demand (for face-to-face meetings) increases post-pandemic.”