Support for sustainability year

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 9 February 2017: Travel-related associations worldwide have endorsed UNWTO’s initiative to designate 2017, International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Global Travel Association Coalition, which brings together the major global travel associations and organisations, said in a statement Wednesday it was an opportunity to underline the immense socio-economic opportunities, and encourage understanding, peace and sustainable development, worldwide.

GTAC consists of the major associations in the global travel and tourism sector, namely ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, PATA, UNWTO WEF, and WTTC. Read more

PATA seeks Face of the Future

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 6 February 2017: If you think you are the face of the future, then here is your chances to win an award while changing travel for the better.

Pacific Asia Travel Association announced at the weekend the call for entries for this year’s PATA Face of the Future.

PATA claims this special award recognises the exceptional ‘rising star’ in the travel and tourism industry.

To win the award you have to demonstrate you have exhibited “initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism, as well as demonstrated commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission”. Read more

PATA signs data pact with Microsoft

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has inked a collaboration agreement with Microsoft that will improve tourism data collection and create advanced analytics that will help travel industry operators serve their customers.

Experts from PATA and Microsoft will work together to upgrade the PATAmPOWER online data platform that gives members a broad range of insights into the Asia Pacific visitor economy.

This collaboration will benefits the  850-plus PATA members that come from government, state and city tourism bodies, international airlines, airports and cruise lines, educational institutions and travel industry companies in 101 countries. Read more

Travel industry Christmas event

November 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 29 November 2016: PATA Thailand Chapter and the SKAL International Bangkok have announced details of their annual Christmas Networking Lunch, Tuesday, 13 December.

The event will be held at Siam Kempinski Hotel.

Billed as a charity event, members and friends are invited to attend the joint association party that attracts more than 200 top travel and hospitality executives from the travel industry in Thailand. Read more

PATA educational on China boom

June 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2016: By 2020, China will generate 150 million trips to destinations in the Asia- Pacific region, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

PATA CEO, Mario Hardy, shared the forecast with delegates attending the 6th PATA academy on the Chinese outbound market, last week.

The three-day PATA academy event was held at the association’s headquarters in Bangkok. Read more

A week at a time: TTM 2016 declared a success

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2016: When the 15th Thailand Travel Mart convened in Chiang Mai, last week, you could say it made history. Thailand’s premier travel trade show moved north after 14 years spent exclusively in Bangkok.

In the late 1990s a version of the TTM was hosted in Pattaya in the year the Royal Cliff Beach Resort opened its convention and exhibition centre known as PEACH.

But that sortie to the eastern seaboard beach resort was never repeated. TTM prospered for 14 years in the Bangkok comfort zone switching exhibition venues between BITEC,  southeast of downtown Bangkok, Impact Challenger, in the northern suburbs and the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre bang in the heart of the city.  Read more

PATA honours former TAT governor

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Phornsiri Manoharn, has been honoured with a life membership award by the Pacific Asia Travel Association in recognition of her contribution to PATA and the regional tourism industry.

Phornsiri, who headed the TAT between 2007 to 2009, received the award at the PATA Annual Summit, mid-May, at the association’s annual summit in Guam. PATA celebrated its 65th anniversary this year.

“I would like to pay tribute to the memory of the late General Chalermchai Charuvastr, who was the first director general of what was then known as the Tourist Organisation of Thailand (1960 to 1976),” she said at the close of the award ceremony. Read more

Jones sits in PATA chair

May 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 27 May 2016: Pacific Asia Travel Association has named Sanctuary Resorts, Andrew Jones, as chairman of the association’s executive board.

He replaces Kevin Murphy who remains a member of the executive board as immediate past chairman.

Hong Kong-based Jones, who is 65, is the ‘guardian’ (CEO) of Sanctuary Resorts and takes the lead role in the association, which is also in its 65th year. Read more

PATA study: China in driving seat

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 16 May 2016: Arrivals from China to Asia Pacific destinations will climb from an estimated 102 million in 2015 to more than 150 million by 2020.

This single source market will dominate the region’s international tourism landscape, generating close to 23% of all arrivals to Asia Pacific destinations by the close of this decade.

Based on historic expenditure patterns, that increases the in-country aggregate expenditure by this market in Asia Pacific from the USD157 billion achieved in 2015 to more than USD230 billion by 2020. Read more

CNTA shares tourism strategy with PATA

April 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: China’s powerful, tourism agency CNTA says it will strengthen communications and cooperation with the Pacific Asia Travel Association and other international organisations to advance project related to regional tourism.

China National Tourism Administration chairman, Li Jinzao, made the comments during a meeting held with PATA CEO, Mario Hardy earlier this week in Beijing.

He said China’s tourism industry was shifting its tourism development mode from spot-based to region-based, which would see the industry advancing projects related to region-based tourism. Read more

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