The addition of a modern multi-purpose event facility (MPF) and 19 new luxury villas is proof of Grand Nikko Bali’s commitment to the MICE industry and a move beyond leisure business.

JEAN-CHARLES LE COZ
GRAND NIKKO BALI
GENERAL MANAGER

What is the rationale behind the launch of Grand Nikko Bali’s new MPF?

Grand Nikko Bali’s addition of the stylish modern meeting facilities or MPF recognises that the market has moved away from a primarily leisure destination to become a meetings and events destination as well. Our new facilities can cater for up to 760 guests and is complemented by the addition of our second wedding chapel Kamita, which means love in Sanskrit. Furthermore, the main ballroom can be divided into three sections and there of three MPF boardrooms. The views over the Indian Ocean may require the curtains drawn during corporate meetings for better concentration!

How does the MPF stand as an ideal MICE venue for event organisers thinking of hosting their events in Bali?

The MPF employs the latest state-of-the-art technology in terms of sound systems, Wi-Fi, etc., and is located adjacent to our 19 new villas for easy access by VIP delegates. One can even have a live video feed from Kamita to guests located in the MPF. Each villa has a dedicated butler trained by the Australian Guild of Butlers. The new Bali toll road also offers rapid access from the new airport to our location in Nusa Dua. The new Grand Nikko Bali MPF training for all banqueting staff guarantees high service standards and attention to detail. From a design perspective, the Australian architects from Grounds Kent Architects have delivered something quite unique, which also takes full advantage of the stunning ocean views.

How important has MICE been for Grand Nikko Bali this year? Which segment has seen particular traction?

The MPF opened officially in mid-July but it has already attracted bookings and a lot of interest from high-level diplomatic sources, corporates (both local and international), media, as well as incentives for organisations looking for a venue to thank or motivate their top achievers in a setting with gorgeous sea views.

Which markets are on your radar for MICE business, and why?

Grand Nikko Bali is targeting the growth markets of South East Asia and Asia Pacific such as China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and our own booming domestic market. Basically, we ‘fish where the big fish are’. We are still targeting US and European businesses but this is a longer term prospect as these markets are still in recovery mode.

What are some current or upcoming initiatives to attract those markets?

We attend many trade fairs: IT&CMA in Bangkok; AIME in Australia; EIBTM and IMEX in Germany and IT&CM in Shanghai. JAL/Okura Hotels’ head office is also very active in arranging MICE roadshows for company hotels to attend where appropriate. We also carry out sales missions directly in key MICE markets such as Hong Kong on a regular basis, and visit MICE agents and corporates with MICE requirements directly. We also advertise in key publications, such as micenet Asia in all markets, to build awareness of the new MPF facilities here at Grand Nikko Bali.

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