A startlingly rich cultural heritage, a wide variety of wildlife and adventure experiences, as well as warmly welcoming people and irresistible cuisine - but minus the tourist hordes - makes
Sri Lanka a tropical utopia for the discerning traveller.
This event is hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
PATA is sincerely grateful to Twenty31 for their support as programme partner, SriLankan Airlines as official airline and Jetwing Blue Hotel as official venue for PAS2017.
best of PATAcademy-HCD December 2016: 'The Art of Storytelling'
Stories bring to life data and facts. Watch the highlights from our PATAcademy-HCD workshop where the participants mastered how to create inspiring stories that touch the hearts and the minds of their audiences.
Delegates from tour operators and travel agents in Thailand joined a PATA Tour Operator Sustainability Working Group meeting on 'Elephant camp standards' hosted jointly by Travelife on January 27, 2017 at the PATA Engagement Hub in Bangkok.
Hawaii remained top of the Pacific Islands charts in terms of total visitor arrivals during 4Q2016, reporting growth of 3.8 percent compared to 4Q2015. Fiji performed better in percentage growth terms with an increase of 7.3 percent, driven by strong arrivals from Australia and New Zealand. Although arrivals to the Cook Islands witnessed a drop of 16 percent in the final quarter of last year compared to 3Q2016, the figures show a significant improvement (13.8 percent) compared to the same period in 2015.
Now Available: China Outbound Tourism Yearbook 2014-2015
The Yearbook, compiled by China Association of Travel Services (CATS) and Ivy Alliance Tourism Consulting, is the ‘white paper’ of China outbound tourism market development and forecasting. It contains authoritative and comprehensive information and analysis on the fast expanding China outbound tourism market as well as valuable guidance to domestic and overseas tourism trade.
Meet Paul Pruangkarn, our Director for Communications and Marketing. Paul directs the efforts of the marketing and communications staff, and coordinates at the strategic and tactical levels with the other functions of the Association.
Tripfez is a new state-of-the-art online portal dedicated to the specific travel requirements of Muslim travellers. It features the world’s largest database of Muslim-friendly hotels and allows consumers to search according to a range of criteria including price, star rating and hotel brand. Visit www.tripfez.com for more details.
NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM PATA MEMBERS
Sabre: Polarisation of the Asian traveller
A report by technology company Sabre identifies regional polarisation of travel preferences and presents four new traveller ‘types’ emerging within Asia Pacific: Explorer, Connector, Follower and Opportunist. Read more.
Best Western’s ‘White Label’ franchise to surge in 2017
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is advancing its position as an innovative leader in the hospitality industry, as its revolutionary new ‘white label’ franchise model – SureStay Hotel Group℠ – gains significant momentum only a few months after being introduced into the marketplace. Read more.
UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the founders of Lonely Planet
Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler, founders of the widely-known Lonely Planet Publications have received the 13th UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership that have made significant contributions to the global tourism sector. Read more.