Jakarta — The fifth Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) will be held on June 26-30 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) in Badung Regency. Organized by the Regional Representative Council (DPD) and the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), the travel fair will focus on “Exploring Colors of Indonesia.” In addition to promoting Bali, the event also plans to expose Indonesia’s 10 most recommended tourist destinations, as well as the archipelago’s cultural diversity as BBTF is expecting participants from 21 provinces to promote their respective regions. ASITA head Ketut Ardana told kompas.com that BBTF was a business to business (b2b) event and he expected it to be the biggest marketplace for travel in Indonesia. “Two hundred tour and travel agencies for 38 countries attended last year’s BBTF,” he said on Monday (02/04). “Our target this year is to welcome 400 tour and travel agecies, and as of today, 181 agencies from 42 countries have registered as buyers.” BBTF will also feature sellers from China, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, as well as Middle Eastern and European countries. Meanwhile, buyers will be divided into two categories, namely fully hosted and partially hosted. The former comprises tour operators who can bring in 10,000 travelers to Bali with the average expense of $1,250 each per visit. The Bali Tourism Board’s head of tourism, Ida Ayu Indah, hopes the event will help sell tour packages that cover tourist villages. This will empower the villages and give travelers a unique experience, she said. This year, ASITA will be operating with Badung regency officials as co-host. According to Badung Tourism Board head I Made Badra, the regency supports the event with funding that also covers promotional expenses. “Badung regency has also designed the Sasana Budaya building located at our official headquarters. The building will be completed in 2020 with the capacity of 150,000 people. It is projected to be the main BBTF after its completion,” Badra said.