Message from The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of The Republic of Indonesia
Dear travel industry members and friends,
I am pleased to welcome all of you once again to Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2013. It’s time for Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra to host this annual trade show for Indonesian travel market.
There are six (regional) gateways in Sumatra, namely Banda Aceh, Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang, Palembang, and Batam. Various destinations in Sumatra are also equipped with a good variety of quality hotels as well as cultural, natural and man-made attractions, Hosting TIME would allow international buyers to take a closer look at the products on offer and aid local tourism stakeholders in selling their products overseas.
I must commend the Organizing Committee of TIME for selecting Padang to host this year’s TIME as it will be an exciting opportunity for Indonesia to showcase another aspect of its spectacular geography and natural setting and huge tourism potentials that we possess. Padang will no doubt leave an indelible mark on all of you.
It never fails to give me great pleasure when initiatives are made to promote tourism to Indonesia and TIME 2013 is such an initiative. So congratulations to all of you. You are all contributing to a noble industry.
I wish you all success, and most of all have a great time. Come to Padang and see from the first hand enduring charm of the province and its tourism potentials.
Jakarta, October 2013
Jakarta, October 2013,
Mari Elka Pangestu