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

Tripfez founder face of the future

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Co-Founder and CEO of a travel booking engine for Muslim travellers, Faeez Fadhlillah, was named the 2017 PATA Face of the Future on Thursday.

Based in Malaysia, he and his co partner, Juergen Gallistl, founded Tripfez in 2013, but the travel portal’s big moment came when it won  USD750,000 in seed funding in May last year to expand he business.

Today it has over 200,000 properties on its site, worldwide, of which 20,000 are “Salam Standard certified”. Read more

PATA summit explores future of travel

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Tourism leaders are set to explore future travel and tourism trends at the PATA Annual Summit 2017 in Negombo, Sri Lanka, 18 to 21 May.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has recruited a strong line-up of speakers and panellists to share their insights and knowledge at the one-day conference that forms an integral part of the association’s annual summit.

The PATA Annual Summit will be hosted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, 18 to 21 May, at  Jetwing Blue Hotel, Negombo. Read more

China hosts adventure travel mart

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Adventure travel worldwide is forecast to grow at a rate of 46% between 2016 and 2020, according to the Global Adventure Tourism Market Report 2016 to 2020.

It is just one of many insights into the lucrative adventure travel market that delegates will glean at this year’s PATA Adventure Conference and Travel Mart, hosted in Luoyang, China, 1 to 4 April.

Organised and sponsored by the China National Tourism Administration and Henan Provincial People’s Government, the PATA event will run side-by-side with the Luoyang Adventure Tourism and Equipment Expo. Read more

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