Mega B2B event taps growing tourism market in SE Asia

 With the travel and tourism industry seeing spectacular growth in the Asia Pacific region particularly in Southeast Asia, travel wholesalers are cashing in on this boom.
Last March 21-22, one of the largest hotel room wholesalers in Indonesia, MG Holiday  (PT. MITRA GLOBAL HOLIDAY) held its fourth mega table top sessions in Jakarta Indonesia.
The two day event gathered 224 sellers and over a thousand buyers from the different parts of Indonesia. The B2B (business-to-business) table-top sessions were also attended by buyers from the neighboring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, Vietnam.
Established in 2000 in Jakarta with just five employees MG Holiday which supplies hotel rooms to retail travel agents and sub-agents to Indonesia grew to a company which now consists of 400 employees with offices in cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar.
It produces about 700-thousand room nights a year in Indonesia, a country which enjoyed 5% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in 2012. The Indonesian government is hoping that Asia would experience a 10% growth for 2013 that could immensely benefit the region.
Benefiting the boom is the B2B (business to-business) table-top sales sessions. A smaller B2B table-top buyer-meet-seller session is organized annually by MG Holiday for the past 13 years, but a bigger B2B dubbed as the MG Mega Top is held every TWO years. MG Mega Top 2011 had about 174 sellers as compared to 224 sellers this year.
The 2013 MG Mega Top was held in Hotel Borobudur (for indoor sessions) and in the resort complex of Ancol Taman Impian (for outdoor sessions) in Jakarta.
Aside from selling hotel rooms, the event is aimed at enticing more tourists to visit Indonesia which is looking at the neighboring regions to expand its market, the Philippines is among those countries considered as an expanding market, tourism statistics in 2011 indicated a 15% growth of Filipino tourists to Indonesia. [A. Villas]With the travel and tourism industry seeing spectacular growth in the Asia Pacific region particularly in Southeast Asia, travel wholesalers are cashing in on this boom.
Last March 21-22, one of the largest hotel room wholesalers in Indonesia, MG Holiday  (PT. MITRA GLOBAL HOLIDAY) held its fourth mega table top sessions in Jakarta Indonesia.
The two day event gathered 224 sellers and over a thousand buyers from the different parts of Indonesia. The B2B (business-to-business) table-top sessions were also attended by buyers from the neighboring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, Vietnam.
Established in 2000 in Jakarta with just five employees MG Holiday which supplies hotel rooms to retail travel agents and sub-agents to Indonesia grew to a company which now consists of 400 employees with offices in cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar.
It produces about 700-thousand room nights a year in Indonesia, a country which enjoyed 5% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in 2012. The Indonesian government is hoping that Asia would experience a 10% growth for 2013 that could immensely benefit the region.
Benefiting the boom is the B2B (business to-business) table-top sales sessions. A smaller B2B table-top buyer-meet-seller session is organized annually by MG Holiday for the past 13 years, but a bigger B2B dubbed as the MG Mega Top is held every TWO years. MG Mega Top 2011 had about 174 sellers as compared to 224 sellers this year.
The 2013 MG Mega Top was held in Hotel Borobudur (for indoor sessions) and in the resort complex of Ancol Taman Impian (for outdoor sessions) in Jakarta.
Aside from selling hotel rooms, the event is aimed at enticing more tourists to visit Indonesia which is looking at the neighboring regions to expand its market, the Philippines is among those countries considered as an expanding market, tourism statistics in 2011 indicated a 15% growth of Filipino tourists to Indonesia. [A. Villas]