INDONESIA is aggressively promoting itself as a new convention destination and the campaign is beginning to pay off. Last year, 735 international events were staged, a 14.4 per cent increase on the 1993 conventions. Over the same period, the number of delegates attending Indonesian events increased from 127,000 to 141,000. The growing convention business is a trend enjoyed by most regional economies. Latest statistics reveal the number of events across Asia increased from 5,279 in 1992 to 9,215 in 1993. Largest of all convention venues in Indonesia is the Jakarta Hilton Convention Centre, with a lobby half the size of a soccer field. The 4,000-square-metre banquet hall can accommodate 5,000 standing guests or 3,000 seated. However, Jakarta is not alone in Indonesia as a convention destination. The 'paradise' island of Bali now boasts the Bali International Convention Centre, which has succeeded in attracting a large number of conferences. The ancient city of Yogyakarta, within easy reach of the world-famous Barobodur temple complex, is developing convention business at the Ambarukmo Palace Hotel and the Natour Garuda Hotel.