BANGKOK, 28 January 2013: Pacific Asia Travel Association will organise its first PATA Annual Summit 2013 here in the Thai capital at Centara Grand at Central World Hotel in Bangko, 26 April, with the theme of “visitor economy”.
The summit is a refreshed version of what was a tired annual conference. It will focus on global issues and advocacy, while drawing industry leaders from other groupings to join the event rather than relying just on its own membership for input.
Earlier, PATA suggested the summit could have been hosted in Chiang Mai to support the opening of the new convention centre. That idea has now been dropped in preference of a Bangkok venue that has a better chance of attracting top flight delegates worldwide.
VIENTIANE, 24 January 2013: Pacific Asia Travel Association used the ASEAN Tourism Forum platform to detail events that it hopes will rehabilitate membership and make it once more a leading voice of Asia Pacific tourism.
The association hosted a networking event, on the ATF opening day, for 150 industry leaders, including senior officials from the Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism at the city’s popular Khop Chai Deu restaurant.
PATA CEO, Martin Craigs, used the occasion to reiterate the association’s advocacy role, while suggesting the association could enhance training skills for people entering tourism, especially young workers in developing economies in the Mekong region.
BANGKOK, 4 December 2012: Pacific Asia Travel Association announced last Friday its 2013 travel mart will take place 25 to 27 September at Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chengdu in Sichuan province, China.
Alongside the mart, the PATA Board Meeting will be held 27 to 29 September at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chengdu.
PATA CEO, Martin Craigs said: “The mart does very well because of our high quality buyer-seller matching. We also offer delegates a different host destination eachyear.”
BANGKOK, 9 November 2012: Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Thailand Chapter will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, 15 November and honour Thailand’s longest serving travel agent, Kusa Panyarachun, through a recently established scholarship.
The celebration will be held garden party style at the British Club on Silom Road, 1730 to 2200, Thursday, 15 November 2012.
According to the invitations sent out to travel and hotel executives throughout Thailand, the event will start with cocktails on the front lawn of the British Club and then move to the lawn at the rear of the club at 1830 for a buffet dinner. The dinner will cost between Bt1,300 to Bt1,800. Tables start at Bt 17,000.
LONDON, 9 November 2012: The Pacific Asia Travel Association told politicians attending a hosted dinner at the House of Commons, Monday, that unfair taxation and ill thought out schemes are hurting the travel industry.
PATA hosted the meal 5 November, the day Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the 17th century. It hoped the argument that UK outbound travel to long-haul destinations was being damaged by a “reviled UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)” would be a wake-up call for MPs.
Fifty global business leaders, members of Parliament, ministers from PATA member countries and international press joined the “aligned advocacy” event hosted by PATA CEO Martin Craigs.
BANGKOK, 6 November 2012: The Pacific Asia Travel Association has recruited PhoCusWright as a new preferred partner.
PhoCusWright is a research authority providing analysis in travel, tourism and hospitality. It is headquartered in the United States but has its Asia Pacific base in India.
The partnership will provide PATA with access to PhoCusWright’s globally recognised research, including highlights that will be shared with its members.
SHANGHAI, 6 November 2012: The Pacific Asia Travel Association will co-host a China Responsible Tourism Forum this November to help build cooperation between China and ASEAN countries to strengthen sustainable tourism.
In a statement issued Monday, PATA said it would collaborate with the Marketing & International Cooperation Department of China National Tourism Administration and the ASEAN-China Centre to organise China Responsible Tourism Forum (CRTF), 16 November at the Parkview Hotel in Shanghai, China.
Themed a Sustainable Innovation, Sustainable Travel, Sustainable Business, this year’s forum will be co-branded as the China-ASEAN Tourism Development Forum aiming to bring together players from China and ASEAN countries that are involved in sustainable tourism and ecotourism.
BANGKOK 26 October 2012: The Pacific Asia Travel Association reconfirmed its annual travel trade event, PATA Travel Mart will be hosted in Chengdu, China.
Rumour mills were grinding, earlier in the week, suggesting a rift between PATA and government member, China PRC, had widened after the association’s official daily reported the Chinese had boycotted the travel mart in mid-September.
In fact, there was a token presence from the Chinese, much reduced when compared with past years, but just enough to make the boycott headline wrong.
BANGKOK, 30 July 2012: Pacific Asia Travel Association officially re-opened its PATA Hong Kong Chapter, Friday, on the eve of an executive board meeting hosted in the territory.
The Hong Kong Chapter is chaired by Plaza Premium Lounge Management executive director, Linda Song. She is also one of three Hong Kong based PATA executive board members.
PATA CEO, Martin Craig said: “I am delighted to welcome a revitalised Hong Kong PATA Chapter back into the family circle. This is an important time for Hong Kong tourism as it seeks to strike the right balance and ensure tourism remains an overwhelming force for good as in the rest of the Asia Pacific region.”
PHNOM PENH, 6 July 2012: Pacific Asia Travel Association Cambodia Chapter is inviting tourism players to join its second table-top sales event, 9 August, at the InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel.
The Chapter expects around 60 buyers and 80 sellers to join the second event. The first event attracted just 21 buyers and 16 sellers.
Buyers are defined as traditional travel agencies selling outbound tours to Cambodia, or multi-destination tours in the Mekong Region that feature Cambodia.