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PATA Adventure Travel & Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart 2015 to be held in Bhutan


Travel Mart 2015 in Bangalore, India


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The Quarterly Tourism Monitor (QTM) provides a view of inbound travel, by origin markets for all major destinations in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please contact

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Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism
Conference and Mart

Meet the Speaker

Meet Mandip Singh Soin, Founder & Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions Pvt Ltd, India and Speaker - Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors at AT&RTCM 2015. With 9 Founders/CEOs and 2 Start-ups represented in Bhutan, AT&RTCM 2015 is sure to be a lively and engaging event. Don't miss out on joining this unique event, please visit


Did You Know

 Did you know one of the most distinctive features of the Bhutanese is  their traditional dress. Come to AT&RTCM 2015 to experience this  truly unique destination first hand.

Hotel Druk

Druk - a luxury four-star hotel is a part of the Tashi group of companies and has been in operation since 1985. Over the years, it has been renovated to give it a chic and modern edge that is powerfully felt in uncluttered spaces. Each floor, differently inspired, explores a subtle palette drawn from water, air, earth, fire and sky.

Nestled in the heart of Thimphu, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. This distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven. Respectful, genuine and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. Hotel Druk's newly refurbished room showcases design from the Rustic Chic interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.


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Season’s Greetings from PATA CEO Mario Hardy. Read his full message at The CEO Blog. Remember to subscribe and follow his journey.

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Free Publication from PATA: The Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce that the monthly Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin is now available for free to both members and non-members. View or download a copy of the 10th edition of the Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin here.
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PATA to Support the Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference 2015


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to be a supporting partner of the second Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC). The event, organised by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia (ATBC), will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from September 12-14, 2015.

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Watch the Free Webinar from PATA: Prepare, Prevent, Pre-empt


Watch PATA’s free webinar on crisis preparedness and prevention. Mr Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire, will lead a discussion on what he calls “neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but realistic” early warnings about some of the looming crises and the over-arching need to prepare for them.

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This week get to the know Viroj Mekagaroon, Assistant Director-Information Technology. Khun Viroj looks after the technical systems at the Association and makes sure all systems and networks are seamlessly up and running.
Meet the PATA Staff


Viroj Mekagaroon
Assistant Director
-Information Technology

Travel Website Usage in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore Showed Strong Trend in October 2014

Both Singapore and Malaysia showed significant year-on-year increases of travel website reach for the past three months. Among peers in Southeast Asia, Singapore occupied the highest percentage reach of travel websites with the new record of 55.9% in October 2014 while Malaysia also commanded a new high of 39.3% reach in the same month. Indonesia also saw a considerable improvement of percentage reach in October 2014.

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Indochina Legend Travel Joins PATA as a New Member

Indochina Legend Travel was established by 2 Tourism students (Tony Bui & Jose Hai). After spending 5 years in University with full skills, knowledge, awareness of responsible tourism & sustainable tourism, and 5 more years as Tour Escorts around Indochina region! We decided to open small business in 2008. Focusing only Halong Bay Cruises and some other destinations in the Northern Vietnam! Over the years! Indochina Legend Travel is one of the fastest growing Inbound Tour Operators in Vietnam with many times of destination expansion! We have our own local Tour Operators in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar! Indochina Legend Travel also has its own dozens of Representatives in many countries! Indochina Legend Travel is one of the first Tour Operators in Vietnam using high technology online to support clients and partners. Very fast response with professionalism! All requests will be answered less than 24 hours & customers care service 24/7! Annually, we organize many FAM trips as training & education for hundreds travel agents! Indochina Legend Travel`s doing our best to provide clients the excellent services in each every hour during the trip in Southeast Asia! Indochina Legend Travel is providing all our best materials for T.Os & T.As in over the World & honor to be the best DMC of you in Asia!

PATA Welcomes New Member SE ASIA Travel

SE ASIA Travel
is the reliable Southeast Asia Travel company based in Vietnam with International Tour License No: 01-638/TCDL-GPLHQT. Being the leading tour operator specializing with Tailor-Made holidays and Quality Private tours in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand…

We are proud of capable human resource with a group of experienced tour guides; tour operator and travel professionals who have been involved in tourism industry for many years in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar…

As travelers’ satisfaction is the most important to us, it is our policy to give clients the most useful advices in the shortest time and monitor the service’s quality during the trip. 

To convey the most authentic experience to our clients, our key is connecting with local people and sustains tourism resources. We believe we have to preserve the cultures, the communities and the environment of the countries we specialize in. 

Let’s us connect you with our beautiful lands!


PATA Micronesia Holds Tri-Annual Chapter Meeting in Guam
From across the Micronesia region, members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter gathered for the organization’s tri-annual chapter meeting held in Guam on Dec. 5-6, 2014. Read More
GfK Travel Insights - Consumer Tracker Study Promotion

The global expert in travel research, Gfk, recently completed two more major consumer studies on the Hong Kong and Singapore outbound travel market. As we approach the end of the year, GfK is pleased to offer the Singapore and Hong Kong Consumer Travel Tracker reports at an attractive packaged rate, to help furnish your company with the valuable insights that will be informative to help formulate your business strategy for the new year. The country report investment is USD $4,000. The year-end offer, valid till December 31st, is to purchase one report, and receive the 2nd one on top of it.

PATA members who purchase the report will have a discount of 20%. To purchase the report, please contact to receive the promotional code.

China Luxury Travel Research 

Chinese overseas arrivals and spending reached new heights in 2014, making China one of the biggest driving force in the global travel market. China‘s travel sector however is undergoing some changes, which may be deemed either as challenges or opportunities for players in the market—highly interconnected information, rising demand for personalized travel, and the fragmentation of travelers’ data. 

GfK teamed up with travel magazine Travel + Leisure to conduct an online study amongst 335 luxury travelers in the first-tier and second-tier cities in China. A luxury traveller is defined by GfK as high income and high consumption individual (household income above 300,000 RMB in first-tier cities and 180,000 RMB in second-tier cities ) who loves travelling and have overseas travel experiences in the past two years. Click here to find out more.


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