An annual travel exhibition held in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), recently attracted at least 150 local and foreign buyers mostly involved in the leisure business, in particular travel agencies.
The seventh Lombok Travel Mart was held by the Regional Representative Council (DPD) in collaboration with the Indonesian Association of Tourism Professionals (ASPPI). The event, held from March 1 to March 4, adopted the theme “Magical Moyo” to promote top tourist destinations on Moyo Island in Sumbawa, NTB.
The head of the event, Ade Devi Handayani, explained that sellers came from tourism-related industries such as hotels, restaurants, travel agents and tourist attraction operators.
“From 400 applicants, only 150 of the best buyers were chosen to join the event,” Ade said at the Golden Palace Lombok Hotel in Mataram during the opening on March 1.
The event showcased travel destinations on Moyo Island such as Mata Waterfall, which is already a tourism icon of Sumbawa, and a snorkeling spot called Poto Jarum that is considered to be the best snorkeling spot on the island.
The chairman of ASPPI, Ahmad Ziad, said the event was held annually to promote tourist destinations in the province to both domestic and foreign tourists.
“The annual event brings together buyers and sellers in tourism,” he said, adding that last year the event attracted 175 buyers and 35 sellers.
The head of the NTB Tourism Agency, Lalu Moh Faozal, said that “Magical Moyo” was chosen as the theme to promote popular tourist destinations in Lombok such as the famous Amanwana resort.