Top News Indonesia sheds more light on ATF 2023 programming By Tiara Maharani / Posted on 14 November, 2022 11:46 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2023 will take in a series of government meetings on February 2 and 3, NTO meetings on February 4, and a new concept for its TRAVEX tourism exhibition component. Speaking at a press conference last week, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s minister of tourism and creative economy, said plans were well underway to host next year’s event. ATF 2023 will feature two new components within TRAVEX to showcase more of Indonesia and local creative industies “The government, both central and regional, are committed to the success of ATF 2023, (and are getting ready) to welcome participants and delegates,” he said. Martini Mohammad Paham, deputy for resources and institutions of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MoTCE), revealed that the high-level meetings would address issues related to marketing, investment, human resources, and sustainable tourism. Discussion outcomes would be shared in a joint statement by the ASEAN ministers at the end of the event. Meanwhile, TRAVEX will carry the theme, Journey to Wonderful Destinations. Held at Jogja Expo Center, the exhibition in 2023 will feature two new components, shared Rizki Handayani, deputy of tourism products and events of MoTCE. The Indonesia Tourism Exhibition B2C show will provide regional tourism offices and industry members an opportunity to present and sell their products, while an SME exhibition will showcase creative industries from Yogyakarta and its surroundings. TRAVEX, to be held from February 3 to 5, targets 250 exhibitor booths and 250 international buyers in attendance. Ninety buyers will be fully hosted by MoTCE, and some will be semi-hosted in cooperation with trade members. Rizki said: “We are working with ASEANTA, as the steering committee, to organise ATF, and with ASTINDO and ASITA to invite their overseas partners to participate.” Yogyakarta last hosted ATF in 2002.