UPDATE Feb 25, 2014 (original message Feb 22)


ProTobEx Asia / Inter-tabac ASIA Trade fair dates cancelled

FROM NUSA DUA BALI, INDONESIA – Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH and October Multimedia Co Ltd. planned to hold the trade fairs Inter-tabac ASIA and ProTobEx Asia on February 27-28, 2014 here along with local exhibition organizers PT Pameran Jayautama. The exhibitions obtained all the required permits pursuant to the provisions of the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, which regulates international fairs and conferences in the country.

Despite this, the dates of the trade fair must now be cancelled. The police of Bali have instructed this to the organizers on the morning of February 21 effectively withdrawing its permit for the events that it had issued back in September 2013.

You are advised you not to travel to Indonesia if your purpose is to attend these trade shows.

Without the Bali Police Permit, the host venue, Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) is unable to allow the exhibitions to be conducted at its facilities and is required to cancel its contract to host the events. Also, without the police permit, neither the exhibition hall or the organizers can guarantee the safety of visitors, exhibitors, and delegates.

Everyone made intensive efforts to clarify this matter upon receipt of the permit cancellation on Feb 21. Legal experts, institutions, and partners were contacted, but we were unable to resolve the matter. The responsible provincial government was not available for discussion, and the Chief of Police refused to see the organizers to discuss the matter and clarify.

Although the Police Department approved the exhibition for a permit issued in September 2013, they now adopt a different stance, holding that since Bali doesn’t produce tobacco, there shouldn’t be a tobacco conference there.

"The law abiding and legal tobacco industry does not deserve the postponement of Inter-tabac ASIA and ProTobEx Asia," said an October Multimedia spokesperson. “We brought a high-caliber trade fair to Bali to which only trade visitors aged 21 and above would have been admitted.”

As there was not a public event (only tobacco industry personnel), there was to be no smoking in the hall, and no sale of tobacco products, there was to be nothing against the smoking in public regulations during the exhibition.

With around 60 exhibitors and 650 pre-registered visitors, and with more than 1,500 visitors ultimately expected, we were looking forward to a relatively small but well-attended event.”

If you are an exhibitor, you will be contacted about options going forward from the organizers.