Indonesia tops latest Pacific World IndexBy Lauren Arena
16 Jun 2017
Indonesia continues to impress event planners after being named Asia's number one business events destination in the latest Destination Index Survey by event organiser and DMC, Pacific World.
India and Hong Kong round out the top three in the May 2017 edition of the monthly survey, which is based on international event enquiries, actual meeting and event results, and feedback from delegates.
I Wayan Sumadiyasa, meeting and Incentive manager, Pacific World Indonesia, says the country’s success is largely due to the continued popularity of Bali.
"Bali remains popular for both meetings and incentives for a number of reasons. While the unique culture and people of Bali are the main draw card, tourism is a major industry on the island so English is widely spoken, making it easy for international groups,” Sumadi says.
“Safety and security is also high on the agenda and local villages and law enforcement are committed to keeping Bali safe.”
Bali’s ever-expanding repertoire of international hotels, and ease of access, also contributes to its strength in the MICE sector.
Sumadi says Jogjakarta is gaining traction as an incentive destination, especially for groups that have already visited Bali, however limited infrastructure means group size is often capped at 200 pax.
Meanwhile, Jakarta’s business hub ensures the capital attracts both international and domestic meetings.