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With hosting the 17th TIME (or Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo) 2011 at Bandar Lampung,
attended by 76 international buyers from 27 countries, the province of
Lampung at the southern-most tip of the island of Sumatra, hopes to have
placed Lampung on the international tourism map.
Opening the 17th TIME and the Krakatau Festival
at Bandar Lampung on Wednesday 12 October, Governor Sjahroedin said
that he hoped TIME will serve as the momentum to boost tourist arrivals
to Lampung, making tourism as the primary means in developing the
province to benefit the people.” "I believe the event will serve as an
eye-opener for the international community on what Lampung has to
offer”, he said. TIME is the perfect platform to showcase this new
Director General for Tourism Marketing, Sapta Nirwandar agreed that Lampung has plenty of potentials, possessing icons like the Krakatau volcano, the Way Kambas elephant conservation park, the Tanjung Setia world-class surf, although many of its products, Sapta conceded, still need to be developed.
Major infrastructure development that
will facilitate access to the province, Governor Sjahroedin said are the
planned Sunda Straits bridge linking the islands of Java with Sumatra,
as well as the extension of the Raden Inten airport at Bandar Lampung
whose runway will be extended to 2500 metres, and further planned in
future to be extended to 3,000 metres to become an international
The 17th Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2011 was officially opened, held at the Korpri Field, Bandar Lampung on Wednesday evening October 12th,
2011. The official opening ceremony was attended by Marketing Director
General of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Sapta Nirwandar, and the
Governor of Lampung province, Sjachroedin ZP. The ceremony also marked
the grand opening of the Festival Krakatau XXI which is jointly held
from 12 to 16 October 2011.
opening ceremony featured art and cultural presentations of Lampung.
The Pan Ensemble Music Sumatera commenced the evening, followed by the
contemporary gambus Lunik musical art. Lampung Orchestra Ekhamku
presented an elegant sound- harmonization and the Sigeh Penguten gave
the welcome dance that absorbed the audience into the beauty of Lampung
traditional values, as did the Melinting dance, featuring the
graceful movements of a couple of youths.
The 76 Buyers attending TIME 2011
included those from the U.S.A, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.
This year the event was also attended by buyers from new markets such as
Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, the Cezch Republic and Mexico. For this 17th
edition, the organizing committee targeted an increase of 15-18%
increase over total transactions last year, to reach around US$ 20
TIME 2011 is organized by the Indonesia
Tourism Society (Masyarakat Pariwisata Indonesia) and is supported by
the entire tourism stakeholders of the country, including the Minsitry
of Culture and Tourism, the Provincial Government of Lampung, the
Asociation of Indonesia’s Travel Agent (ASITA) the Asociation of
Indonesia’s Tour Guide, and the Asociation of Indonesia’s Hotels and
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