The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) made its first official visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, with an aim to boost collaboration in developing the business events industry.
MyCEB’s team linked up with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association (IECA – Asperapi), the Jakarta Convention Centre, and professional conference organisers from both the public and private sectors.
The visit follows the announcement of Malaysia’s ‘Reset, Restart, and Recovery’ initiative (3R), and the relaxation of many of the country’s entry restrictions; both developments aim to attract congresses, exhibition, corporate meetings, and incentive travel to Malaysia.
Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, MyCEB’s CEO, said: “With the opening of our borders on 1 April, business events visitors will benefit immensely with no more requirement for Covid-19 PCR testing or Covid-19 insurance. However, much more effort is required to restart this industry and collaboration with our neighbouring countries, such as Indonesia, is very important.”
Responding to MyCEB’s offer of collaboration, Hosea Andreas Runkat, chairman of IECA-Asperapi and director of Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) said: “This will ultimately attract and reassure the confidence of international world leaders, decision-makers, and potential investors in Malaysia and Indonesia’s ability to conduct responsible meetings in this era of new norms.”
Further discussions on collaboration between the two countries is underway.