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Meet ATRTCM 2016 speaker Mei Zhang from the 'BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANY ON EARTH'
*from National Geographic's Adventure Ratings 2009 for China

Mei Zhang, Founder & CEO, WildChina, China
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina, an experiential travel company based in Beijing that defines luxury adventure and off-the-beaten-path travel, listed among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2014. She will be joining the panel session on ‘Creating Experiences that Challenge, Delight and Inspire’ to share best practices for creating strong adventure tourism products, as well as offering tips and tricks for marketing responsible business practices.

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What is Code B.L.U.E.?
PATA CEO Mario Hardy invites you to be a PATA Future Shaper by sharing your views in our upcoming membership research project.

Submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016 now open


PATA is now accepting submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016. The winner will receive a round-trip economy flight with hotel accommodation to attend the Association’s Dinner and PATA Awards Presentation during the PATA Annual Summit 2016 on May 19, 2016 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Guam, USA. The winner will also benefit from global media exposure via PATA’s far-reaching communication channels and will be invited to join the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer. Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016.
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2016 EDIT Scholarship Programme is now open for applications


PATA Foundation
The Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) programme will take place at the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM), University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 6-17, 2016.
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Energy Saving: For the Environment and for Your Pocket
Key insights from PATAmPOWER

Increase in hotel room supply across all Asia sub-regions in 2015

According to the latest figures from STR Global, the number of hotel rooms available in Northeast Asia increased last year by over 95,000 in comparison to 2014, to a total of 2.66 million. Capacity at hotels in Southeast Asia also showed impressive growth of seven percent with an additional 50,588 rooms added to the region’s hotel portfolio in 2015. There was also solid growth last year in South Asia with an additional 11,664 rooms (equating to an increase of 4.6%).

For more information on accommodation performance and supply, visit
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Pre order now for the Quarterly Tourism Monitor (QTM) 2016

Quarterly Tourism Monitor (QTM) provides a timely quantitative view of inbound travel by origin markets for all major destinations in Asia Pacific region by quarter during calendar year 2016.

Please visit PATA Store for more information.

Parade for celebration of the Year of the Monkey; brightens the third and sixth day of Lunar New Year
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is presenting the grand outdoor celebration event for Chinese New Year, known as the 'Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Monkey', on the third day (10 February) and sixth day (13 February) of Lunar New Year. The annual event features a fabulous float parade alongside over 1,000 performers, splendid fireworks and local display of floats. Ready to broadcast the event live through TV channels and on LED screens at nine locations, MGTO hopes to fill the city with festive joy and celebrate Spring Festival with local residents and tourists from around the world. This year, the Parade will revolve around a story about the Monkey King, a famous character in a Chinese classical novel. A multimedia opening show will also kick off the Parade for the first time, promising an extravaganza of light and 3D effects. The Tourism Office will also launch an interactive Wechat game this February to give out prizes for any 'golden monkey' found, encouraging visitors to celebrate Chinese New Year in Macao and enjoy a stroll along local walking routes themed as 'Step Out, Experience Macao’s Communities'. Read More.

UNWTO: Visa openness levels continue to progress

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has long been advocating for the need to advance travel faciliation as a means of promoting tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO’s latest Visa Openness Report, the share of tourists requiring a visa prior to travelling continues to decline and is at its lowest ever level. In 2015, 39 percent of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared to only 23 percent in 2008. Read More.

Jumeirah’s New Chapter: Gerald Lawless to take up new tourism and hospitality role at Dubai Holding

Gerald Lawless, Jumeirah Group President and CEO, has been given a new position with responsibilities for tourism and hospitality in Dubai Holding’s Corporate Office. He served for 18 years at the helm of Jumeirah Group.

Dubai Holding also announced that Stefan Leser has been appointed Group Chief Executive of Jumeirah Group, effective from 1 February 2016. Mr. Leser joins from Kuoni where he spent the last 10 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of its outbound travel and inbound specialist businesses managing a team of 8,000 employees. 
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