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

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

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