Mimi Hudoyo, reporting for TTGmice, Bali, February 21, 2011
THE NEW Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), which will triple the island's MICE capability from May, intends to compete head-on with counterparts in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia for international events.
BNDCC is equipped with facilities double the size of existing competitor, Bali International Convention Centre. It will have a convention hall with up to 5,000 theatre-style seats, 14 breakout session rooms, three boardrooms and a plenary hall with 1,800 seats. A sizable exhibition hall and cultural centre is also in the pipeline within the next two years.
Kompas Gramedia Group COO and BNDCC president commissary Agus Adiprasetyo said: “Building a venue of this scale in a city like Jakarta will not give it as significant an impact as if it was built in Bali. It can now leverage on the island's rich cultural, natural and leisure environment for competitive advantage.”
Bali Tourism Development Corporation executive managing director I Made Mandra said BNDCC would meet the need for additional MICE space on the island.
“It is true that Nusa Dua receives the highest number of international conventions (in Indonesia), but on the Asia-Pacific map, it is only 2.5 per cent of the total number,” he said.