Makassar, once called Ujung Pandang, has now reverted to its original and more familiar name it carried through the ages. Bustling Makassar is the most important city in South Sulawesi, the sea trade and airline hub to Indonesia’s eastern islands. Makassar itself is famed for its bright handwoven silk sarongs, silver and gold handicrafts, as well as its succulent, grilled seafood taken fresh from the sea. Makassar is also the entry point to an adventurous journey to Tana Toraja in its northern highlands.
In the heydays of the kingdom of Gowa between the 16th and century and during the Spice Trade, Makassar flourished as the entrepot for pepper, nutmegs and gold, when merchant ships from India, China, Java and distant Arabia and later from Portugal, Britain, Spain and Holland called on this port. Many stayed to settle here. During the colonial period, the Dutch turned Makassar into a fortified trading post, making it into one of the most mportant cities of the colonial government.
Given its long history as a busy trading port, Makassar is well-versed in the art of welcoming visitors with warm hospitality. Today, the city enjoys rapid development in terms of infrastructure and facilities. The brand new Hasanuddin International Airport can now accommodate wide-bodied jet aircrafts, while access to the city center has also been made easier and hotels and commercial establishments continue to grow rapidly.
Decorated with the splendor of stunning beaches, beautiful countryside and amazing cultures, and moreover, supported by many conventions and exhibitions facilities, Makassar today is more than ready to take on the role of a MICE destination.
The leading Convention and Exhibition Venues in Makassar are as follows:
Celebes Convention Center
The Celebes Convention Center (CCC) located near the entrance to the Tanjung Bunga area the Center occupies 1.5 hectares land comprising 3 main buildings. These are the Exhibition Hall that can accommodate up to 10,000 people, a Convention Center that accommodates up to 5,000, and the Ballroom with a capacity for 4,000 people.The Center is owned by the Cooperative and Small-Medium Scale Businesses of South Sulawesi Office.
Address: Jl. Metro Tanjung Bunga, Pantai Losari, Makassar.
Fajar Graha Pena Convention Hall
This Fajar Graha Pena Convention Hall is owned by PT Media Fajar, one of the companies of the Fajar Group Corporation. The 19 floor pen-shaped building is not just a newspaper and e-media complex, here are also frequently held gatherings, social parties, seminars and others. A number of government and private institutions hold their events in this venue. For those who need outdoor space, an open area with a total capacity for more than 1,000 persons is available in the front yard.
Address: Gedung Graha Pena Jl. Urip Sumoharjo No.20, Makassar.
Hotels with Meeting and Convention facilities in Makassar are as follows:
Clarion Hotel & Convention Makassar
The Clarion Hotel and Convention Makassar is on the top list of MICE hotels in Makassar. This hotel boasts 13 meeting rooms and a ballroom with a total capacity for 3,000 guests. To support MICE activities, the hotel offers 333 rooms and a strategic location, right in the center of governmental offices and the commercial business district.
Address: Jl. A.P. Pettarani No. 3, Makassar.
Makassar Mercure Regency Hotel
Makassar Mercure Regency Hotel is the only hotel under the management of Accor International Hotel in Makassar. The Makassar Mercure Regency Hotel is located along the shores of Losari Beach, close to the heart of the city’s shopping and business district. For meeting and convention activities, the hotel provides 8 function rooms with a maximum capacity for 350 persons.
Address: Jl. Daeng Tompo 8, Makassar.
Horison Makassar Hotel
Located strategically in the heart of the city, the Horison Makassar Hotel provides 129 rooms with splendid city views. The hotel has four meeting rooms with the Krakatau Room as the main Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Other meeting rooms can accommodate from 20, 50 to 80 persons with complete meeting facilities and equipment to order.
Address: Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 24, Makassar.
Located just a 30 minutes drive from the Hasanuddin International Airport and close to the city’s commercial, entertainment and shopping areas, Singgasana Hotel is one of the best choices for MICE activities. As a convention hotel, this hotel is the best option for those who want to hold an event for up to 1,000 persons (theatre Style). Other meeting rooms can accommodate from 60 to 300 participants.
Adress: Jl. Kajao Laliddo No.16, Makassar.
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