After last year being held parallel with the PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2007 in Bali, this year’s Indonesia’s annual travel mart Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) or Pasar Wisata Indonesia returns to Makassar, South Sulawesi. This Indonesian premier tourism event will be held on 14 – 17 October 2008 at Celebes Convention Center (CCC). Entering its 14th years of conduct, TIME is organized by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB) and supported by entire tourism components in Indonesia.
The Chairwoman and Steering Committee of TIME 2008, Meity Robot, said the conduct of TIME also supports the government program of “Visit Indonesia Year 2008” which targeting 7 million of tourist arrivals to Indonesia, as TIME is aimed at promoting Indonesia as tourist destination in international market and at the same time raise the country image as one of global travel destinations.
“Bearing the theme of “Eco-Tourism and Maritime Tourism”, TIME 2008 will present all tourist destinations, inclusding popular travel destinations, tourism objects, new product development particularly those which relate to Eco-Tourism dan Maritime Tourism,” Meity continued.
South Sulawesi is among the Five Golden Destinations in Indonesia. Moreover, Makassar has become one of MICE (Meeting, Incentive Conference & Exhibition) destinations in Indonesia. Makassar and its neighboring areas have a lot to offer to international travelers. To name of these, Port of Rotterdam, Somba Opu Fortress, Lagaligo Museum, Mandala Museum, as well as beaches such as Losari, Tanjung Bunga , Akkarena, Kayangan island, Kodingareng island, Bantimrung fountain, butterfly palace in Maros regency and many more.