TIME 2012 – LAMPUNG AS A DESTINATION
When you visit Indonesia, where do you go when you want to go a little off the beaten track? There is a slice of tropical adventure paradise just 40-minute flight away from Jakarta – it’s called LAMPUNG.
Imagine a land with white sandy beaches, dormant volcanoes, and lush tropical jungles where wild elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers roam free. Imagine a land with a culture that dates back to the Megalithic Age and acquisite textile. Imagine a land where the most expensive and coveted gourmet coffee in the world, the Civet Coffee, or Kopi Luwak, is found in abundance. You can find all of them in Lampung. A land of stark contrast to Jakarta and yet so close, it is practically the hinterland of the capital.
There are 13 flights daily so you can hardly miss them. And before you know it, you will be embarking on your journey. If you are lucky to be seated on the right side of the plane, you will be greeted by a tall column of smoke and steam rising from the crater of the famous active volcano dubbed “Son of Krakatoa” or Anak Krakatau as you approach for the landing.
As you wait for a ride to the international chain of hotels, or more rustic accommodations if that’s your preference, don’t forget to grab a cup of Kopi Luwak. You’ll be happy to discover the flavor and aroma that coffee connoisseurs worldwide have been glorifying, and what more at a price not as exotic as anywhere else in the world. That would be some story to tell when you go back home.
Where do you start? Your best bet when it’s your first time to Lampung is the Way Kambas National Park, a forest reserve and wildlife sanctuary covering an area of approximately 1,300 square kilometers, famous for its amazing variety of wildlife, consists of rare animals, especially rare species of birds. Ever heard of elephants playing soccer and dancing to music? Ever wanted to take a leisure but breathtaking ride on an elephant? Well then, the Park is where you want to be. Indonesia’s first and largest elephant training center.
Alternatively, you can head to Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, a 3,568 square kilometers protected area with the distinction of being one of the few remaining places that harbors rhinos, tigers, and elephants, as well as home of the Amorphophallus titanium and Raflesia arnoldi – the world’s tallest flower.
At the end of the day back in your accomodation, you wonder, “Is that what Lampung is all about, national parks?” Nothing can be further from the truth. There are still mountains to conquer, particularly the mystical mount where local lore tells of with scented water; swimming, snorkeling, and majestic sunscapes at Kalianda Beach; 5-meter high and 200-meter long waves to surf at Tanjung Setia Beach ; the appropriately named Mutun Beach or White Sand Beach to bask under the tropical sun; megaliths to take you back to the Stone Age; or if you prefer to commune with human-friendly marine life, there is always Kiluan Bay where the sprightly spinner dolphins and the placid bottle-nosed dolphins abound; and so much more.
When you fly back to Jakarta, and if you are one of the lucky few, you might just catch a glimpse of the red glowing crater atop Son of Krakatoa spewing pyroclastic materials deep from the belly of the earth. Don’t be afraid… it is simply Lampung telling you to come back and visit longer. It is honoring your departure with its own fireworks display.
Indonesia’s archipelago of over 17.000 islands provides you with countless destinations to cater to the well-heeled, five-star tourist to the easy-going, backpacking traveler. Yes, Indonesia gives all buyers and sellers over 17.000 resources why and should be at TIME 2012. After seventeen successive staging TIME 2012 aims at linking the two of you to bring the wonders of the Indonesian archipelago to the traveling world.
Organized by the Indonesia Promotion Board (ITPB), Garuda Indonesia and this year hosted by Lampung Province, Lampung Promotion Board and its tourism industry, this great travel event showcase world’s fastest-growing tourism area under one roof with qualify products aimed at every market. This diverse nation of over 230 million people offer everything from value for money tour packages to the more exotic eco-tourism, a world-class tropical underwater world, international class hotels and convention venues, and for the more adventurous – a journey to the habitat of the fearsome Komodo dragons and more.
For buyers, sellers from throughout Indonesia stretching over 5000 kilometers eastward from Sabang on the northern most tip of Sumatera to Merauke in Irian Jaya – will fill the 100 booths in TIME 2012. You will have the best opportunity to sample the entire national travel destination at one single stop. Indonesia has quality products targeted at almost every market niche. The variety and innovative of the products on offer was stand out feature of this year’s line up will be event bigger and better, offering everything from trekking up Irian Jaya’s snow capped mountains, to the bull racing of Madura Island, the exotic culture of the Minangkabau people and Nias island’s formidable surf.
For Sellers, ITPB and all of infrastructure supported has marketed TIME 2012 to the world. To ensure quality participation, TIME 2012 was and will be publicized worldwide at the ATF, ITB Berlin, ATM Dubai, and widely in the Indonesian and regional media. Official invitation were sent out to 3000 prospective buyers internationally and Sellers throughout Indonesia. Buyers are expected from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Middle East, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and many more.
If you couldn’t get your product to all these countries in one year, TIME 2012 is your platform to meet buyers from these rich markets.