The booming city of Medan, capital of North Sumatra, is an economic hub and commercial centre for the region. This is the largest city in Sumatra attracting residents from all over Indonesia who come here to do business.
Medan is the provincial capital of North Sumatra and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. The province’s economy relies primarily on oil exports, making it one of the most prosperous business and commercial centers in Sumatra. As one of the three main gateways to Indonesia, Medan is easily accessible from major points in the country and beyond, with international airlines to Singapore and Malaysia as well as to many cities in Indonesia. Medan is also the gateway to the spectacular beauty of Lake Toba and the surf haven of the island of Nias. Flights to Aceh also transit Medan.
Going back to the old days, Medan was known as an important port during the Dutch colonial era. Many heritage buildings such as the city hall, post office, water tower (the icon of Medan), the Titi Gantung – a bridge above a railway, and the London Sumatera Building still maintain their original colonial Dutch architecture. Medan also offers various other attractions such as the palaces of Maimun and the Sultan of Deli, and Kampung Keling, the Sri Mariamman Temple, Medan’s Grand Mosque and many craft centers.
In recent years, Medan has been adding some 700 rooms hotels of five-star standard complete with large ballroom and a number of meeting venues. Despite as yet not having spacious exhibition halls, Medan can rely on JW Marriott Medan that boasts a ballroom with a total capacity of 1,200 persons and the Aryaduta with it ballroom of 1,000 capacity. The Grand Aston City Hall Hotel & Residences boost the meeting capacity of the city with a ballroom for 2,500 people and 8 meeting rooms with a total capacity for 1,500 participants.
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