Preparations for the 2023 International event of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Yogyakarta are close to 100 per cent. The event, which will be held from 2-5 February 2023, will present 310 exhibitors, 150 buyers and 190 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries and 5 invited countries.
"Preparation for the ATF has now reached 95 per cent, the rest still need confirmation, especially for detailed matters such as the date of the participant's arrival to the type of aircraft that they used," said the head of the 2023 ATF Committee, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Bendara, Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Bendara, who is also the head of the Yogyakarta Regional Tourism Promotion Agency (BPPD), has stated that the preparations for the event were uncertain due to waiting for confirmation from several related countries. "When it comes to preparations from a venue point of view, the road arrangements and main preparations for the event have already been done," he said. GKR Bendara explained that several ATF agendas were confirmed to be prepared, such as the opening ceremony at the Jogja Expo Center (JEC) which would be opened by the wife of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Nur Asia Uno, and the Queen consort of Sri Sultan HB X, GKR Hemas on 2 February. On February 3, the event will continue to be held at Prambanan Temple with the opening to be directly conducted by President Joko Widodo. Then on February 5, 2023, a Royal Banquet event will be held at the Yogyakarta Palace.
Head of the Yogyakarta Tourism Board, Singgih Raharja, said that a large number of foreign guests at this event is expected to become a momentum to promote Yogyakarta tourism to the world. "This is a good momentum for promotional investment, so the most important thing is that we prepare quality tourism and creative economy products," he said.
Singgih expressed that the Covid-19 pandemic has slowly changed the trend of tourism in the country, thus the tour packages that were offered need to be adjusted. "From this event, we hope that there will be a variety of visits by foreign tourists who will come to be introduced to Yogyakarta, not only in the cities but also in other regencies," he said.
In the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2023, according to Singgih, 100 MSMEs have been selected by the Yogyakarta Board of Cooperative and MSMEs to introduce their products. The selected MSMEs will have the opportunity to take part in the agenda at JEC and showcase local products, from gudeg, Jamu, to typical Yogyakarta coffee such as charcoal coffee (Kopi Joss).
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