(7/5/2008) This year's Indonesia's annual travel mart Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) or Pasar Wisata Indonesia returns to Makassar, South Sulawesi. The only oficial Indonesian-wide tourism and travel mart will be held on October 14-17, 2008 at the Celebes Convention Center (CCC). Now entering its 14th year, TIME is organized by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB) and supported by all tourism components in Indonesia.
The Chairwoman and Steering Committee of TIME 2008, Meity Robot, said TIME also supports the government program of “Visit Indonesia Year 2008” which is targeting 7 million foreign visitors to Indonesia for 2008.
TIME is an international travel mart in Indonesia organized on a business to business (B2B) basis providing a meeting place for those who sell Indonesian tourism products and services (sellers) and international buyers.
"Adopting the theme of Eco-Tourism and Maritime Tourism, TIME 2008 will present all tourist destinations, inclusding popular travel destinations, tourism objects, and new product development particularly those which relate to Eco-Tourism dan Maritime Tourism," Meity explained.
The Mayor of Makassar, Ilham Arief Sirajuddin, who is the Organizing Committe Chairman of TIME 2008, has welcomed the appointment of Makassar as host of TIME for the second time.
Local Organizing Committee Chairman of TIME 2008, Niko B. Pasaka, said that Makassar is ready in host TIME 2008. "Presently, a number supporting facilties are close to completion. This includes the 11 kilometer of highway connecting Makassar city center to airport as well as the completion of Hasanuddin International Airport. We hope these facilities could finish on time to support TIME 2008," Nico said.
TIME 2006 attracted 110 international buyers from 21 countries and 124 sellers from 20 provinces in Indonesia.
"The number of buyers attending TIME over six consecutive years have increased steadily over time," explained Meity.