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PATAcademy-HCD set to begin in 3 weeks
Be inspired by PATA Gold Award winners at PTM 2016
Only 3 weeks to go until the next PATAcademy-HCD! As before, participants will engage in practical, hands-on, interactive learning experiences led by experts at the industry forefront. In this edition, running from June 13-15 at the PATA Engagement Hub in Bangkok, the theme will centre around the topical issue of attracting the '100+ million Chinese Outbound Travellers'.
More than just a travel mart, PTM will also hold the prestigious PATA Gold Awards Ceremony, an event that recognises and rewards outstanding achievements in the travel industry in the Asia Pacific region in a broad range of categories. Join us in promoting best practices in the travel and tourism industry in Asia Pacific at PTM 2016 at the Indonesial Convention Exhibition. 
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Welcome all PAS delegates to the beautiful island of Guam!
PAS 2016 kicks off today with over 600 delegates attending the conference with an impressive line-up of speakers from both public and private sectors including Alain St. Ange - Minister of Tourism for the Seychelles, Star Alliance's CEO Mark Schwab and UNWTO Executive Director for Programme and Coordination Zoltán Somogyi.
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PATA BUILDS YOUR INSIGHTS
Key insights from PATAmPOWER

Stable visitor arrivals growth ahead for Pacific sub-regions

International visitor arrivals to Oceania are forecast to post average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 4.2 percent between 2016 and 2020. Melanesia and Polynesia are expected to witness moderate AAGR of 2.7 percent and one percent respectively for the same period. Micronesia is currently forecast to experience average annual growth rate of 7.7 percent over the same period.

Find out more on latest international visitor arrivals at http://mPOWER.PATA.org.
PATA Publication

Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2016-2020 is now available



The 2016 edition of PATA’s Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts covers the period 2016 to 2020 and is available in two volumes. Both volumes continue with the recognition of international visitor flows (as distinct from tourist flows) so as to give greater consideration to the much wider impact of tourism and tourism-related industries across destinations in the Asia Pacific region. This publication is provided in two separate volumes at one single price.

For more information, please visit
PATA Store or contact the publications team at publications@PATA.org.
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WELCOME NEW PATA MEMBER

Asianventure Tours

With the in-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and official aspects of local tourism, Asianventure Tours has grown up from a small tour operator to DMC company offering the customised trips, classic, adventure and theme holidays, visa arrangement, car rental, flight and hotel booking for individual and groups to travel in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and China. At every opportunity , Asianventure Tours strives for not only offering you with the valuable travel products at low cost possible but also maintaining the high standard services. The offer can be negotiable to the business success as you are the only person who knows how you are, what you need and how much you can pay.
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CHAPTER & STUDENT CHAPTER NEWS

Nepal Tourism announces destination ‘open for business’ to agents, operators at sold out gala hosted by PATA New York
 

New York, NY, May 12, 2016 - On May 3rd, PATA New York travel agents and tour operators received updates on the recovery of Nepal’s tourism infrastructure at a gala event organized by the Consulate General of Nepal with the support of former Air India executive Andy Bhatia and joint sponsorship of the Nepal Tourism Board and Bansal Foundation along with co-sponsor SITA World Tours one year after the South Asian destination experienced significant damage and loss of life as a result of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in April 2015. Read More.


PATA Philippines Chapter: Filipino tourist arrivals in Guam up 125% after CEB enters market
 

Manila, May 6, 2016 – The only low-cost carrier operating between the Philippines and Guam, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), is encouraged by recent statistics from the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) indicating that the Philippines is one of its fastest growing sources of visitor arrivals. Philippine visitors to Guam grew by 125% in March 2016, compared to the same month last year. This led to the second best March in Guam’s tourism history, with 133,335 visitor arrivals – just a few notches behind March 2013 with 136,728 visitors recorded. Total visitor arrivals for March 2016 rose 0.8% year-on-year. Read More.


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM PATA MEMBERS
 
TripAdvisor unveils China’s emerging Free Independent Traveller who increasingly shuns escorted travel in favour of spontaneous exploration
 

Singapore, May 12, 2016 – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today shared findings from a Phocuswright study providing insights into the behaviour, spending patterns, and preferences of more than 3,000 outbound Chinese travellers. Entitled China Unbounded: The Rapid Rise of China’s Outbound Millions, the study (sponsored in part by TripAdvisor), which looked at all facets of Chinese travel out of the mainland, has allowed TripAdvisor the opportunity to examine and thus unveil the changing profile of China’s emerging free independent traveller (FIT). Read More.


International tourism CEO, Mario Hardy, to receive honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University
 

North Vancouver B.C., May 18, 2016 – Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, PATA, is to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University at convocation on June 6, 2016. Hardy began his career signalling airplanes in Montreal more than three decades ago. He’s since travelled to six continents and lived and studied in seven countries. Through the not-for-profit PATA, which provides leadership to 96 governments and agencies and several hundred tourism organizations across Asia Pacific and beyond, Hardy helps nations and businesses develop tourism in responsible, sustainable ways.  Read More.

 
Travellanda provides 24/7 around the clock support
 

London, May 5, 2016 – Travellanda announces that its reservations department now provides around the clock support to its clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week to enhance its customer service on a global level. Travellanda Head of Online, Arzu Sutcu, said: “We are very excited to have our reservations department open 24/7. It has been on our roadmap for some time and we have always ensured clients are able to receive support out of hours for critical needs, but since expanding the team we are now in a position to help clients from all around the world at any time of the day or the night. Read More.


Anantara opens first PADI-certified free diving centre in the Maldives
 

Maldives, May 2016 - The Maldives attracts travellers from around the world with a visual spectacle unlike anywhere else on the globe. Above the waterline and beneath the waves, unbelievable worlds await exploration. Anantara opens the door to new encounters with a pioneering aquatic experience in a nation where the total area is 99.99 percent water. Available to guests at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Naladhu Maldives, Aquafanatics is the first PADI-certified free diving centre in the island nation. Read More.
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