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Bali roars with IAAPA Summit: Industry gathers for growth and sustainability

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Indonesia's Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, delivering his welcoming speech at IAAPA APAC Spring Summit at Taman Safari Bali

Tourism Minister highlights growth goals at opening of IAAPA APAC Spring Summit, focusing on collaboration and sustainability in attractions.

BALI, INDONESI – Taman Safari Bali hosted the esteemed opening of the IAAPA APAC Spring Summit. Spanning two days, the event brought together industry leaders from across the Asia Pacific region (March 7-8). The summit focused on sharing insights in attractions and sustainability, aligning with IAAPA APAC’s mission to promote growth in the region’s entertainment sector.

Minister’s Welcome and Industry Collaboration:

The summit kicked off at Taman Safari Bali with a series of thought-provoking activities. Notably, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, delivered a welcoming speech, highlighting the country’s ambitious goals.

  • He stated that Indonesia welcomed over 5 million tourists in 2023 and aimed for a 20-50% increase in 2024, targeting 7 million visitors.
  • He emphasized the importance of collaboration with partners like Hans Manansang of Taman Safari and other theme parks to expand attractions while prioritizing safety and environmental sustainability.
Engaging Sessions and Networking:

The event commenced with a “Coffee Meet & Greet” session, fostering connections in a relaxed atmosphere. This was followed by an “Education Sharing” session featuring prominent speakers:

  • Wiweko Adi Nugroho (Chairman, The Art & Culture Destination, Indonesia Recreation Park & Attraction (PUTRI))
  • Taufik (Chairman, Indonesian Family Recreation Association (ARKI))
  • Greg Pern (Head of Theme Park and Experience at HB Leisure)
  • David Bogdonov (Executive Vice President of APAC Whitewater)
  • Adrian Cecil (COO, Taman Safari Indonesia) shared valuable insights and experiences.
Showcasing Innovation and Wildlife:

The summit also featured unique experiences:

  • Guests enjoyed the Varuna underwater theatrical dining show.
  • A Safari Journey at Taman Safari Bali showcased the park’s innovation and diverse wildlife.
Commitment to the Future:

Hans Manansang, from Taman Safari Indonesia Group, expressed his enthusiasm: “Hosting the IAAPA APAC Spring Summit was a privilege that underscored our dedication to advancing the attractions and tourism sector in Indonesia. It offered an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the splendor and cultural wealth of Bali to an international audience.”

The IAAPA APAC Spring Summit served as a valuable platform for knowledge sharing, fostering innovation, and shaping the future of attractions and tourism in the region. “Through this initiative, Taman Safari Bali reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing the growth of the recreation and tourism industry in Indonesia,” Manansang concluded.

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