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The first Busworld South East Asia exhibition and congress would take place from 20th-22nd March, 2019 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO) Kemayoran, Jakarta. This place is seen as the perfect place for an international exhibition like Busworld. With this new exhibition, Busworld counts eight exhibitions throughout the world: Europe (Belgium), Turkey, India, Russia, Latin America (Colombia), Asia (China), Central Asia (Kazakhstan) and South East Asia (Indonesia).
Busworld says it is organising a new exhibition in Indonesia because of the promising bus and coach market in this country as well as those in neighbouring nations. The exhibition is organised with Global Expo Management (GEM), which already has solid experience in organising exhibitions and the commercial vehicle industry.
Indonesia has a population of 260 million people (40 per cent of the Asean population) spread over 34 provinces with 415 districts. Due to heavy traffic congestion, the Indonesian government is continuously improving the public transport system, such as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Solo and other provinces. The Ministry of Transportation plans to procure 3,000 new BRT system buses in the 34 provinces by 2019.
The current bus fleet is also old and needs renewal. The Ministry of Transportation is in the process of regulating the vehicle maximum age: for buses the maximum age would be 25 years and for tourism coaches 10 years. According to police records there are more than 500,000 buses on the road with 35 per cent of them being above 20 years old. This means Indonesia would need 175,000 new buses in the coming years. The country also aims to receive 20 million visitors by the end of 2019 and ten new destinations are ready now. To serve this larger number of visitors, forecasts suggest a need for 5,000 new coaches by 2019.
Coach tourism is the next big thing in Indonesia. Since 2016, coach operators started to introduce double decker buses.
This has made Indonesia the perfect place to host a Busworld exhibition. Didier Ramoudt, President of Busworld International, is very convinced about this location: “I am sure that the Indonesian bus and coach market is ready for a specialised professional bus and coach only exhibition and conference. Although the bus and truck industry might be linked through similar technologies, the markets are completely different. The bus and coach industry deserves a separate targeted approach. Together with GEM Indonesia, we would make this happen!”
The exhibition is supported by IPOMI, the association of Indonesia’s young bus operators, and ASKARINDO, the association of bodybuilders. Sales of the booths are opened and potential exhibitors could book one.
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