In the ever-evolving landscape of 2023, TIME 2023 brings forth a platform where governments and prominent global entities convene, forging a potent alliance that amplifies the voices of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This dynamic engagement will welcome participants at the next TIME 2023 Executive Summit, scheduled for September 29th and 30th, and hosted at the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa on the ever-popular island of Bali, Indonesia.
Guided by Chairwoman Mudi Astuti, the Indonesian Chapter of the World Tourism Network (WTN) collaborates with WTN Stakeholders worldwide, steering WTN’s mission alongside the SMEs within the travel and tourism industry.
Mudi Astuti, Chairman of the Indonesia Chapter added,
“We worked very hard to present a different event. WTN is not about speeches, it’s about exchange ideas, advocate and join the action for the benefits of SMEs in our sector. We hope to lay a foundation of this in Bali and encourage everyone to join us as WTN members and if you can of course also at TIME 2023.”
Noteworthy discussions have already been set in motion. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, recently engaged in a productive dialogue with Tourism Minister Bartlett from Jamaica, the visionary behind the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC).
In alignment with the directives of the Indonesian and Jamaican Tourism Ministers, they proudly announce the inception of a dedicated task force in Indonesia and Jamaica. This task force, in close collaboration with GTRCMC’s CEO, Professor Lloyd Wallace, is committed to establishing the inaugural ASEAN Tourism Resilience Center, with the momentous unveiling slated for TIME 2023, the upcoming WTN Executive Summit.
The Minister, Sandiaga Uno, is expected to officially open the summit on 29 September, two days after World Tourism Day. Simultaneously, the unveiling of the Climate Friendly Travel Club, spearheaded by Professor Geoffrey Lipman of SUNX Malta and CEO Ged Brown from the U.K. is expected.
During TIME 2023, WTN Founder and Chairman Juergen Steinmetz will expand on the groundbreaking 5 SMILE Star Certification designed to elevate Small and Medium-Sized Travel and Tourism Businesses. This accreditation promises instant recognition and fresh business prospects for WTN members.
Indonesia, with its vibrant SME-driven travel and tourism industry, stands as an ideal setting for the inaugural global executive summit. It has become locally and globally obvious that Small and Medium Enterprises matter profoundly across Indonesia and beyond.
Founder and Chairman of WTN Juergen Steinmetz said,
“We’re very excited to meet in Bali and learn from our Indonesian friends about their challenges, achievements and plans and assure that SMEs are always playing a deserving role within their overall tourism structure. I am hopeful this first Executive summit will be more than inspiring and lay the foundation of numerous new interest groups and activities throughout the year.”
The summit will witness the convergence of 13 international delegates alongside 27 Indonesian counterparts at the Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia, on September 29th and 30th. These deliberations remain open to the active participation of 150 WTN members and Observers.
International delegates will join forces with distinguished Indonesian partners, including the Honorable Minister of Tourism for Indonesia, the Governor or Deputy Governor of Bali Province, the Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, leaders of the Indonesia Travel Agent Association, the Hotel and Restaurant Association, traditional leaders, Turkish Airlines, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and other prominent entities.
The focus for WTN delegates is to give SMEs a voice in the global structure of the industry and to assure they have a seat on the table in policy discussions by the public sector, and means to community, coordinate with the larger members of the industry. WTN sees the KEK Medical Tourism Project in Sanur, Bali as an excellent role model for establishing such cooperation between SMEs and the developing of a major tourism project.
Dr. Widya Murni (AWMI/ IHTPB) will broaden the horizons by incorporating integrative and functional medicine practitioners, as well as medical tourism, into the discourse.
On September 30th, WTN President Dr. Peter Tarlow will lead a comprehensive training session on tourism safety and security, complemented by a specialized tourism police training session. These activities will be followed by networking opportunities and an enriching Bali familiarization trip for participating SME travel companies.
The pinnacle of the gathering, the Heroes Award, will be celebrated at the gala dinner on September 29th, with brief video messages from WTN Chapter Leaders worldwide.
Along with MOTCE, the summit is supported by Bali Tourism Board, PATA Indonesia, PHONUS, and Marriott Hotels Indonesia. We are honored to have PATA Indonesia as one of the esteemed local partners, reinforcing the World Tourism Network Indonesia’s mission.
The success of TIME 2023 will serve as another solid platform for establishing Indonesia as a leading MICE destination. On previous occassion, Indonesia has proven their worth by successfully hosting G20 in Bali on November 2022 and ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo on May 2023.
For comprehensive details about TIME 2023 and to secure your place at this summit, please visit https://time2023.com/
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