THE NUSA DUA
ITDC Celebrates 45 Years Welcoming IMF-WB Dignitaries
From left to right : Luhut Binsar Panjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia), Chistine Lagarde (IMF chairwoman) and Sri Mulyani ( Minister of Finance of Indonesia)
Some 45 years ago, an Indonesian state-owned hospitality company was tasked to develop an area in Bali to cater to the rising number of tourist arrivals.
Today, Nusa Dua, is a flourishing resort and meeting complex in Bali with state-of-the-art convention centres, five-star hotels and entertainment facilities.
In October this year, that corporation, the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), formerly Bali Tourism Development Corporation, looked on with pride as Nusa Dua hosted the 2018 IMF-World Bank annual meeting.
The Indonesia government welcomed more than 15,000 IMF-World Bank delegates and associated visitors to Bali for the October 8-14 event with a huge security clampdown involving 9,000 military troops, police and traditional Balinese security guards.
Roads were closed in the Nusa Dua area and street lights kept on all night. CCTV cameras monitored the entire area and traffic controls were in place for the arrival of delegates from 189 countries. Emergency medical facilities were activated in the Kuta and Legian areas as well as in Nusa Dua.
From left to right : Miranti Nasti Rendranti (Corporate Secretary ITDC) , Chistine Lagarde (IMF Chairwoman), Abdulbar M. mansoer (President Director ITDC), and Edwin Darmasetiawan (Director of Development ITDC)
Twenty-one hotels accommodated the IMF-World Bank delegates with Nusa Dua luxury hotels at 100% capacity for the duration of the event.
Activity at Ngurah Rai Airport increased to 35 takeoffs or landings per hour with a daily capacity of up to 300 movements.
Airport immigration authorities worked in cooperation with the airport’s management to install automatic immigration gates and special service counters for use by IMF-World Bank officials. More than 150 additional service workers were added by immigration to ease passenger flows.
The construction of a roundabout and an underpass from the airport to Nusa Dua was completed ahead of IMF-World Bank in order to speed traffic flow.
The annual meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organisations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.
Nusa Dua has two large convention centres, namely the Bali International Convention Centre and the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, but the demand for event space associated with the IMF-World Bank conference was so huge that hotels were called on to make their meeting and function spaces available.
Made Badra, head of Badung Regency’s tourism department, said: “Bali is used to handling big events and this very important gathering has been a great success for Bali and Indonesia.”