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NTFF 2016 speaker: Marta Mills from TransCaucasian Trail Association (TCTA)

Create a successful marketing plan for heritage trails with Marta and two other experts at NTFF 2016 on November 25th in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. She will be sharing her personal tips and tools as she leads the TCTA’s community engagement work. Marta has many years of experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, including five years at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), working on DFID’s programmes in South Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She also supports the work of Equality in Tourism that facilitates gender equality in tourism and within the wider development context.
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Surface the lost cultures through storytelling by HiveSters at PATAcademy-HCD December 2016 
Achiraya Thamparipattra (Achi), CEO & Co-Founder of HiveSters will highlight how the APPEAR project on Social Innovation for Sustainable Tourism applies storytelling techniques to effectively evolve endangered cultural communities and disappearing historic neighbourhoods into attractive, marketable and sustainable tourism products in and around Bangkok.

HiveSters connects travellers with authentic experiences and local experts by curating fun, unique and sustainable Thai travel experiences.
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PATA to examine the role of youth in transforming travel and tourism


PATA is to organise a session on ‘The Role of Youth: Disruption and Entrepreneurship’ during World Travel Market in London, United Kingdom. The workshop takes place on Tuesday November 8 from 12.30 to 13.30 hrs. in South Gallery Rooms 15 & 16 at London ExCeL.
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Enjoy the pristine paradise of Palau at the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2017


PATA is pleased to announce that the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2017 (NTFF 2017) will be held in the pristine paradise of Palau.

The event, generously hosted by the Palau Visitors Authority, consists of a one-day conference, networking events and a day of on-ground activities embracing a Technical Tour and Tourism Marketing Treasure Hunt.

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PATA at 7th Sichuan International Road Trip Expo


PATA Chief of Staff Dale Lawrence (far left) was a keynote speaker at the 7th Sichuan International Road Trip Expo, held in the city of Bazhong. He was greeted by Mr Feng Jian (near left) Secretary of the Bazhong Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.

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Recommended reading: Buying marine life souvenirs


Most of us never want our dive vacations to end. Leaving those sun-soaked beaches and post-dive afternoon naps is often a hard pill to swallow. So it’s natural that we want to bring home souvenirs to remind us of our trip. A beach-seller’s bracelet is a remembrance of carefree days once you return to the daily routine, and supporting local traders is a worthwhile goal. But, as tourists, we must make responsible choices when it comes to shopping, taking care in particular to avoid buying marine life souvenirs.
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Green Tip:
3 Apps for a Sustainable Lifestyle
Key insights from PATAmPOWER

Oceania sees solid arrivals growth from Northeast and Southeast Asia
Destinations in Oceania continued to enjoy double digit year-on-year arrivals growth in August 2016, driven mainly by impressive numbers from Northeast and Southeast Asia. Arrivals from Northeast Asia to the region in August 2016 were almost 15 percent up on the same month on 2015, with mainland China the major source market. Arrivals from Southeast Asia to Oceania also saw solid year-on-year growth of 12 percent for the same period.

Find out more about the latest international visitor arrivals data at
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COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute Market Report Spring 2016 is now available

COTRI Market Report provides expert insights into the worldwide developmentsd tourism market by offering the latest available data, statistics, qualitative analysis and information as well as several specialist topics.

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Ark Travel Express, Inc.

Ark Travel Express, Inc. has been in the travel and tourism business in the Philippines since 1984, headed by Maria Paz R. Alberto, President & Gen. Manager who has extensive experience in travel and management discipline. It is a complete travel assistance centre that upholds a simple concept: to deliver the highest level of customer service with the best possible prices. The company is an accredited agent by International Air Transport Association (IATA) and an accredited tour operator by Department of Tourism (DOT) since 2006. It is a member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), SKAL Philippines, (PIATA) and (PHILTOA).


TAT: Updated visitor information during the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise the following during this time of sadness for the Thai people:

  • Most mourners in the country will be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of the reverence to our Beloved King and as part of Thai culture, but this is not mandatory, especially for visitors.
  • Tourists should kindly wear appropriate and respectable attire in public.
  • Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. Read More.

Internship opportunity with LightBlue Environmental Consulting

LightBlue Environmental Consulting Co., Ltd. is offering an exciting internship opportunity. As a pioneer consultancy specialised in hotel sustainability, interns will gain unique experiences and exposure in this rapidly growing field.

Is your resume standing out in today’s market? Join LightBlue for a lifetime opportunity to work in the very promising niche markets of hotel sustainability!
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The Ultimate Travelling Camp vote ‘Asia's Leading Luxury Camping Company’ at World Travel Awards 2016

The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC) made a winning start at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards, being named ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Camping Company’,at a gala ceremony hosted by InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam. This is TUTC’s first nomination and win this prestigious awards programme in the travel industry. Votes are cast by guests and industry professionals. Read More.

Wild Asia: Ten years of transformational tourism

In 2006 Wild Asia, a Malaysian social enterprise that works with the tourism industry to support operators meet and exceed global standards for sustainability, started identifying regional leaders in responsible travel. At that time, the concept of sustainable tourism was in its infancy, particularly in Asia. Following their philosophy to work with industries, they believed the growth of this sector lay in the hands of practitioners. To help encourage and inspire other tourism professionals to become more socially and environmentally aware, they introduced the first Asian Responsible Tourism Awards. This programme aimed to share real-life examples of responsible tourism in action and to educate the industry from within and on a peer-to-peer basis. Read More.

Earthcheck at the capital: Building a digital tourism ecosystem for innovation and growth in the Asia Pacific

EarthCheck has opened Australia’s first Tourism Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program for tourism start-ups at the newly established The Capital co-working space in Brisbane.

CEO Stewart Moore and General Manager Mark Olsen said the dedicated EarthCheck space would enable the organisation to share its global data, research and tourism development experience with tourism entrepreneurs. Read More.

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