PATA backs Travel Lab Asia

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan, 24 September 2019: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and Plug and Play on the sidelines of the PATA Travel Mart last week.

Asian Development Bank’s ADB Ventures and Plug and Play are the partners in the Travel Lab Asia (TLA) project that claims to be Asia’s only corporate innovation programme focused on sustainability in travel.

“As PATA’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region, we are excited to announce the launch of Travel Lab Asia in partnership with ADB Ventures and Plug and Play,” said Hardy.

Travel Lab Asia will focus during its first year on helping corporate partners source and integrate CleanTech solutions for improved business performance and environmental impact.

PATA announced that Minor Hotels and Jetwing Hotels, both long-standing PATA members, have enrolled as charter Travel Lab Asia corporate partners.

As many as four additional corporate partners will be considered for the programme, which begins 1 January 2020.

CleanTech includes technology for energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and circular economy, food waste management, reduced water use and loss, waste and effluent management, water collection and distribution, natural resource management, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Travel Lab Asia includes the potential for the Asian Development Bank to fund and expedite the pilot testing of high-potential solutions in emerging markets. The Asian Development Bank will also mobilize support for CleanTech solution providers to scale up in Asia-Pacific emerging markets following successful pilots.