June 6, 2018

Bali & Beyond Travel Fair 2018

Exploring the Colours of Indonesia – the theme of the 5th BBTF 2018

Bali, Indonesia – Tourism growth in Indonesia was recorded as one of the best in the world and among the top 20 fastest growing travel destination which means that the nation’s growth rate is on par with the global standard. All efforts are choreographed by the Minister of Tourism and supported by Indonesia’s president who is committed to developing the tourism industry. Tourism has set as the nation’s leading sector, listed in the 2018 government work plan priority on Agriculture, Tourism and Fishery. Indonesia to become a global player by exposing untouched natural wealth, cultural arts and traditions across the country. The government is targeting 4 destinations to accommodate the new trend of nomadic tourism, eco-tourism as well as developing the Ten New Bali’s tourist destinations that are expected to par with Bali in attracting foreign tourists.

By 2019, the Ministry of Tourism has set the target to drive Indonesia to become a top 30 nations in the world (an increase of 12 levels) amongst all 141 nations in the Travel & Tourism Competitive Index by the World Economic Forum. By securing a position in the top 30, we will receive global recognition as a leading destination in the world. Tourism is destined to become the backbone of Indonesia’s economy. This year, there are three main focuses for the ministry namely; covering digital tourism, developing a tourist village homestay program and creating greater air travel accessibility. By focusing on these aspects, we will have the required leverage to boost our TTCI level. The change of trend itself is the move from holiday destination to a balance of work and leisure – we respond positively the growth of leisure economy and nomadic tourism.

In line with Indonesia envision, BALI & BEYOND TRAVEL FAIR (BBTF) 2018 announced this year theme of Exploring the Colors of Indonesia. BBTF will hosted speakers that address the opportunities, trends by the industry insights as well as highlight the diversity of Indonesia’s cultures. The mesmerizing dances, cultures, traditions and the tempting natural attractions from tall volcanoes, endless roll waves, long white sand beaches stretched, hundreds of winding rivers slicing green rice fields, virgin forests closing peaks to underwater beauty and hypnotic wild life from the west end to the east end, and more.

Renowned as Indonesia’s leading International Travel and Tourism Fair. BBTF brings sellers and buyers together in a single forum annually. This is the 5th year of BBTF – the event was initiated and organized by The Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) Bali chapter and until now is consider to be one of important Tourism fair in Indonesia. BBTF 2018 will be held at a prestigious leading convention and exhibition Centre from 26-30 June 2018 – Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) Bali – located within a secured beachfront enclave surrounded by many branded international hotels and resorts that are all within walking distance.

BBTF represents the full spectrum of tourism at all levels including the hospitality sector, tour operators or travel agencies, National Tourism Organizations, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, travel technology firms, MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) and corporate travel representatives as well as regional’s new destinations.

“Our biggest challenge is to build a harmonious synergy between all entities, local authorities and all sectors, thus creating the “Indonesia Incorporated” concept”, the Minister of Tourism of Indonesia, Mr. Arief Yahya said. “The weak links have to be addressed and resolved immediately, by considering the Penta-helix model (based on five stakeholders – businesses, public administration, local residents, the knowledge sector and capital). The success of Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) since being launched represents the Penta-helix synergy that we are working on. This further motivated us to fully support BBTF, with its outstanding track record and proven performance as Indonesia’s leading international travel fair.” he added.

“BALI & BEYOND TRAVEL FAIR 2018” is proud to take part in the growth of tourism in Indonesia and be recognized as Indonesia’s leading International Travel Fair. We have chosen the theme “Exploring the Colours of Indonesia” for this year’s event because we believe in Indonesia’s potential as Bali as the market place” I Ketut Ardana, the chairman of BBTF shared his thoughts. This year BBTF 2018 will have 225 buyers from 48 countries, 230 sellers including 3 new countries that will participate are Thailand, Vietnam and United Emirates Arab, 40 industries that will occupy the pavilion area which is hosted by Badung regency, 33 international media and 21 national media. BBTF 2018 will also host speakers who address the opportunities, trends and industry insights as well as highlight the diversity of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

In BBTF 2018, DPD Asita Bali Chapter invited the Badung Regencyt as co-host. Head of Tourism Office of Badung Regency, I Made Badra in a press conference last April stated that his party is consistent in supporting the success of Bali and Beyond Travel Fair event. The support is realized through the allocation of organizational budget and promotion that touches Rp. 7 billion.

“So we allocate the budget from Badung Regional Budget (APBD) in 2018 that is seven billion more, so this activity is very beneficial for the Government of Badung Regency, which establishes tourism as the business core,” he said.

Not limited to the budget, Badung Regency Government has also designed Sasana Culture Building which is located in Badung Regency Government Center. The 15,000-capacity building is projected to be the main venue for the implementation of BBTF every year. “Now we can prepare BBTF activities no longer rent land, because this land (Sasana Budaya Building, red) we have prepared from this year, and will be finished in 2020. Well this activity will be the event yes, the biggest event BBTF it is to be funded by the Government of Badung Regency along with other tourism stakeholders. “he added.

About BBTF 2018

BBTF is an annual event with the intention to establish a benchmark for travel & tourism events and destinations in Indonesia.  Supported by the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia, BBTF held a B2B event and aims to advance the tourism industry through business sessions and direct promotion of best practices in MICE and Leisure management.

Together with exhibitors and buyers from numerous countries around the world, BBTF facilitates Pre-Scheduled Appointments (PSA) and business sessions for buyers and sellers to negotiate on their long-term leisure and corporate travel needs. Corporations, travel agents, hotel & resort chains, cruise operators, convention planners, venue operators and travel buyers can leverage the two and half days of business to business sessions to enhance their respective brands in the Indonesian and Asia Pacific markets.

In addition to the B2B sessions, the travel fair will have an extensive program of activities for all delegates. From the fantastic networking events, to the inspirational knowledge program, the business of meetings has never been so rewarding. Bali was chosen as the venue because it is the gateway to Indonesia’s Archipelago for global travelers and the island contributes up to 40% of all visitors to the nation each year. BBTF 2018 will attracts over 500 attendees including partners, exhibitors, travel trade buyers, trade visitors and journalists from around the world. Learn more at www.bbtf.or.id

Organized by:

Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) Bali chapter in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia and with the co-hosting of Badung regency. This annual event is led by passionate 9 members of committees and supported by members of ASITA, public sectors and Government to promote and facilitate the tourism business and development.

Member of ASITA BALI consists of 403 travel bureaus (BPW) and 13 associate members spread all over Bali. ASITA BALI is a member of Stakeholder of Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali or better known as Bali Tourism Board.


Jl. Raya Puputan No. 41, Renon Denpasar 80235
P. +62 361 243205 , +62 361 243225 F. +62 361 244263
E. asitabali@dps.centrin.net.id , info@asitabali.org




Bali Holds First Ultra Marathon Benefiting Bali Children Foundation

Bali. On May 26, 13 elite runners made an 84-kilometers run from The Lovina in Singaraja to Old Mans in Canggu for the first ever Bali Hope Ultra Marathon (BHU). It was an overnight journey that covered mountainous roads from the very north all the way down to just short of the extreme south of the island. The runners raised money for Bali Children Foundation & Classroom of Hope, with the majority of funds allocated to supporting BCF’s initiative of providing education for economically disadvantaged children of the village of Tigawasa in North Bali.

It all began days before the event with many of the runners meeting each other for the first time. They all participated in a Balinese blessing ceremony and visited the very enthusiastic kids from Tigawasa who they were benefiting.

The runners started on mountainous roads in the night climbing 1400 meters above sea level. The beginning of the route was dark, windy, and cold with runners wearing headlamps to light their path.

All the runners were monitored by a tracking app with a support team of four cars, a medical team to provide hydration, nourishment and a lot of motivational support and encouragement for the runners.

They were a diverse bunch of athletes representing six different countries. They included David Jones, Josh Lynott, Wayne McMurtrie and Michelle Edwards from Australia, Lyndsay Lee, Vanessa Niemeyer, Nikki Niemeyer and Tarek Kholoussy from the USA, Julie Johnstone and Tim Ellis from the UK, Kyron Gosse from New Zealand, Adystra Bimo from Indonesia, and Heidi Makinen from Finland.

The fastest runner this year was 22-year-old Josh Lynott who completed the grueling track in 9 hours and 45 minutes. Prior to signing up, Josh had never run for more than 10 kilometers in his life, had no experience with marathons, let alone ultra marathons, and ripped through the entire ordeal with pure will and determination.

Whilst the evening was full of exceptional displays of courage and athleticism, without a doubt one of the most endearing moments was seeing two of the strongest runners hold back to support and encourage the last few who were struggling. This selfless and caring attitude exemplified the spirit of the Bali Hope Ultra and ensured every one of the 13 participants crossed the finish line.

For the runners, it was a fruitful experience with many lifelong bonds made between their fellow participants and the people of Tigawasa.

Founded by Tom Hickman in 2017, the Bali Hope Ultra started small with Hickman being the sole runner.

“The Bali Hope Ultra is an intense physical challenge. We run through the night, climb 1400m and in a variety of weather conditions. It’s a stunning way to experience and bond with the island and give back to the beautiful people here”, said Hickman.

The funds raised by the runners will go to Bali Children Foundation’s effort to support the education of needy children in Tigawasa.

“This year’s Ultra will raise funds to cover 100 children’s complete primary education. The students are from the deeply disadvantaged village of Tigawasa in North Bali. This impact will create long lasting change for the students and their village,” said Bali Children’s Foundation’s Founder Marg Barry.

To donate to the Bali Hope Ultra overall target please click on the following link:


Contact information:

Debbie Amelsvoort, BCF Ambassador, accessdebbiea@gmail.com

Telp: +6285857043296

About Bali Children Foundation

Bali Children Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that brings educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Bali, Indonesia. The island’s poverty-stricken villages are well-hidden from the tourist traps and many visitors are unaware of the hardships they face. Through education, Bali Children Foundation strives to improve their quality of life one young person at a time. The foundation works with students, families, schools and communities to identify the children that need financial help, support them through school, maintain strong grades, and help them secure good jobs.

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