Exchanging urban for rural

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

HUZHOU, CHINA, 3 August 2017: Interest in Asia’s  rural tourism has spiked in recent years as a growing urban Asian population seek to escape their stressed-filled city life, through a relaxing holidays in the countryside.

Huzhou City, China, partnered with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host The Second International Rural Tourism Conference last month in Anji County.

During the opening ceremony, PATA chief operating officer, Dale Lawrence, presented the International Rural Tourism Destination Base Award to Anji County Magistrate Chen Yonghua. Read more

Last ditch stand to save PATA meet

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Events, Malaysia, News

LANGKAWI, 14 July 2017: Gaining the attention of Pacific Asia Travel Association members to attend a regional event, on Langkawai island, is proving to be an uphill struggle.

Malaysia’s PATA chapter wants to reintroduce an annual gathering of PATA members from the 10-member nations of ASEAN.

But it is proving to be a challenge to gain the attention of busy PATA members, who are probably overdosing on must-attend travel events. Read more

Thailand taps Muslim travel

July 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

Speakers: Prof Pakorn (front row, centre), Mr Sanya (front row, fourth from right), and Mr Adam, Mr Muqbil and Mr Hardy (back row, respectively third, fourth and fifth from right). Other participants included representatives from the Dusit and Anantara groups, the Landmark, Asia Hotel, Baiyoke Sky Suites, and three PATA interns.

BANGKOK, 11 July 2017: Thailand’s 6 million-strong Muslim population and a growing range of Muslim-friendly travel services will play an important role in catering to the growing number of Muslim travellers visiting the country.

Speaking at a seminar held at the PATA Engagement hub, last week, experts agreed that this role would increase significantly as the ASEAN integration advances and Thailand seeks to better position itself as a hub for Halal food and cuisine.

Speakers included Halal Standards Institute of Thailand director, Pakorn Piyakorn; Al Meroz Hotel general manager, Sanya Saengboon; Nouvo City Hotel resident manager, Adam Phadungsilp; and Travel Impact Newswire executive editor Imtiaz Muqbil, who organised the event. Read more

PATA pledge on climate change

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

BANGKOK, 8 June 2017: The Pacific Asia Travel Association is reasserting its commitment to sustainable development across the entire spectrum of travel and tourism with a renewed pledge to support the Paris Accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Embedded within this PATA advocacy theme is an acknowledgement and recognition that tourism must play an influential role in preserving the planet’s natural resources by adopting effective, sustainable practices.

“Our members, both public and private sector, are leading by example. They recognise that responsible business practices must embrace practical measures to offset the potentially irreversible damage to our planet caused by climate change,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. Read more

Like it or not China drives Asia’s tourism

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 1 June 2017: Greater China will remain the main source of Asia Pacific arrivals growth through 2021 with Russia also showing strong promise, according to latest findings in the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2017 to 2021.

Released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Wednesday, the report identifies China and the Russian Federation as the key source markets to watch over the next five years.

Other key takeaways include estimates of tourism receipts, income and price variations. Read more

Finnair joins PATA

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 30 May 2017: Finnair has joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association under the airline category.

Finland’s national airline headquartered in Helsinki, is majority owned by the Government of Finland and listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

It has a strong presence in Asia with services extending to mainland China, Japan and cities in Southeast Asia such as Bangkok and Singapore. Read more

TripAdvisor executive heads PATA board

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 25 May 2017: Pacific Asia Travel Association announced the appointment of Sarah Mathews, TripAdvisor’s head of destination marketing in Asia Pacific,  based in Hong Kong SAR as the new chairperson of its executive board.

She replaces Andrew Jones, who was elected chairman in May 2016 and remains a member of the executive board as its immediate past chairman.

Mathews has been an active PATA member since TripAdvisor joined the Association in 2012, attending nearly all PATA events as either a speaker or delegate. Read more

Langkawi to host PTM 2018

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Malaysia, News

BANGKOK, 25 May 2017: Langkawi is the venue for PATA Travel Mart 2018 with this signature Pacific Asia Travel Association event being hosted by Tourism Malaysia and Langkawi Development Authority.

The announcement was made earlier this week by the Association’s CEO, Mario Hardy, during the PATA Annual Summit in Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Hardy said: “Tourism Malaysia and Langkawi Development Authority have been a valuable PATA member and partner since 1959 and 2017 respectively and we look forward to the opportunity of showcasing the culture, heritage and beauty of Langkawi.” Read more

Abu Dhabi to host PATA event 2018

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 will take place in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dates have yet to be finalised but the event is usually hosted in February.

It will mark the first time that the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart has gone outside the Asia Pacific region. Read more

PATA bullish on Asia Pacific travel

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Trade Talk, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: Collective foreign tourist arrivals to 39 Asia Pacific destinations will grow by 5.9% over 2016 and add around 35 million additional foreign arrivals in 2017, according to Pacific Asia Travel Association’s latest forecast for the Asia Pacific visitor economy.

Bundled into a comprehensive data package for members under its PATAmPOWER brand, PATA released, Monday, highlights of the arrival trends for 2017 to 2021.

It estimates that during 2017 to 2021, foreign arrivals into the Asia Pacific region will grow at an average rate of 5% per annum, reaching a combined foreign inbound count of close to 758 million trips. Read more

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