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Explore Bangladesh with two self-paying pre and post tour options now available
Learn how to create inspiring stories at PATAcademy-HCD in December 
Self-paying pre and post tours are now available for PATA delegates. With these two options you have the opportunity to scuba dive in the clear blue waters of St. Martin's island or explore the scenic beauty of Bandarban.

On the occasion of ‘Visit Bangladesh 2016’, make the most of your trip and explore the various attractions and sites that the country has to offer. Tour options range from 1-3 nights.
Confirmed speakers at PATAcademy-HCD in December include Achiraya Thamparipattra (Achi), CEO and Co-founder - HiveSters; Dung Mos Dang, Founder and Head of Product - Scott Experience Design; Jackson Pek, Vice President and General Counsel, Asia Pacific - Amadeus IT Group; Nicola Eliot, Senior Manager, Content Strategy - BBC StoryWorks; Matt Gibson, President, Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) and CEO - Xpat Media, and Trevor Weltman, Head of Growth -
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Explore the art of storytelling at PATAcademy-HCD in December



The 7th PATAcademy-HCD, under the theme ‘Explore the Art of Storytelling’, will take place at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Engagement Hub in Bangkok, Thailand from December 7-9, 2016. During the three-day programme, delegates will learn how to create inspiring stories that touch the hearts and minds of a global audience.

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Our PATA management team are busy attending events all over the world throughout the year. Find out where they will be this month and join them there!

Community Tourism Partnership Project in Ta Phin and Lao Chai, Sapa, Vietnam


The PATA Foundation has supported a Community Tourism Training Project in the remote communities of Taphin and Lao Chai near Sapa in Northern Vietnam since 2009.  Recent funding has allowed the project to continue its work in Lao Chai focussing upon an exit strategy underpinned by a programme of activities that will foster critical partnerships between the community and tour operators.
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Engaging Employees to Create a Sustainable Business


Inspired by Unilever’s sustainability slogan, “Small actions can make a big difference,” workers at the company’s PG tips tea factory in Trafford Park, England, had a bright idea. In Britain, most tea comes in paper tea bags. By reducing the end seals of each tea bag by 3 millimeters, 15 huge reels of paper could be saved every shift. Since its launch in 2015, this factory-floor suggestion has resulted in savings of €47,500 and 9.3 tonnes of paper (about 20,500 pounds).
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Featured Sustainability Blog: 
Ten Years of Transformational Tourism Across Asia


Ten years ago Wild Asia, a social enterprise in Malaysia, identified a need to work with industries, rather than against them, to improve social and environmental impacts of the private sector. One of those industries was tourism, and as a way to inspire and educate businesses from around the region, they set out on a mission to identify and reward the best examples of responsible tourism and share them on a B2B platform.
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Green Tip:
How to form a Green Team
Key insights from PATAmPOWER

Seat capacity from Asia to see solid growth across all continents in 2016
Scheduled air seat capacity from Asia to Europe is expected to pass 100 million in 2016, an increase of 3.1 percent year on year. Seat capacity from Asia to the Americas is estimated to grow by 6.8 percent for the same period.  Among intercontinental routes from Asia, the Pacific is expected to see highest year on year increase (10.6%) in seat capacity that same year.

Find out more about scheduled flight and seat capacity at
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Pre order now for Annual Tourism Monitor (ATM) 2016 Final Edition

The ATM Final Edition follows on from the earlier ATM report and provides a more detailed view of travel movements during calendar year 2015. It includes a number of other measures of travel activity and profiles including length of stay, expenditure and other useful metrics. Early indicators of travel flows for calendar year 2016 (year-to-date) are also provided as an early warning mechanism for identifying major shifts and movements in key source and destination markets.

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Tineri is a Bangkok-based travel tech startup whose solution enables tour operators, travel agents and other travel providers to supplement or replace paper/PDF itinerary documents with a stylish, interactive mobile app. 

PATA San Diego Chapter : Returns to IMEX America

PATA San Diego Chapter is returning to IMEX with a presence at IMEX America, Oct 18-20, in Las Vegas. The PATA San Diego Chapter,, and its member, Jim Skiba CMP, Director, World Incentive Nexus, will have a four-person Chapter member team on site in Booth #3529. Team leader and PATA Board Member and Chapter Secretary, James Ferguson, CTC, is encouraging attending PATA members to visit the PATA booth to say hello and receive a PATA 65th Anniversary Pin for their IMEX badge. Read More.

PATA UK Chapter : Taste of PATA 2016

The UK Chapter recently held its flagship travel agent event, A Taste of PATA, on the 6th September 2016. For one night only, a disused brewery on historic Brick Lane was turned into a vibrant showcase of the very best destinations and products of the Pacific Asia region. 290 UK agents who had an opportunity to meet exhibitors from over 30 Pacific Asia brands. From spectacular Muay Thai demonstrations to Australian drinks tastings, curry from India, famous Macaese custard tarts, a Fijian kava ceremony, a destination New Zealand game, and the legendary Lion dancers from Hong Kong, agents were treated to Pacific Asian hospitality at its best, celebrating the food, culture, diversity and colour our region is famous for. Agents were also able to enter a prizedraw, with lucky winners receiving fam trip places to Thailand and Fiji, flights courtesy of Cathay Pacific, Oman Air and Virgin Atlantic, and a range of hotel stays, dinners and goodie bags with thanks to the generosity of our partners. The event was also sponsored by media partner Travel Weekly. Read More.

UNWTO : World Tourism Day 2016: Tourism leaders commit to advance Universal Accessibility

Participants from 60 countries exchanged best practices and experiences on accessible tourism, committing to advancing universal accessibility in all components of the tourism value chain to ensure that all citizens enjoy the benefits of travel. Read More.

Vietnam tours with Vivutravel

Vietnam’s towns and cities offer complete diversity for the most interesting travel experience that includes flavourful street food, centuries-old architecture, high-end restaurants and chaotic markets. The major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have a hectic pace, while a more peaceful time is experienced in areas such as Hoi An and Hue with striking architecture and tranquil rivers. Read More.

BBC World News : How do you stop an ice grotto melting?

Every year an ice grotto is carved into one of the largest glaciers in Switzerland. It has been attracting tourists since the 1870s, but recent temperatures in Switzerland have been some of the warmest on record and the Rhone Glacier is shrinking. In the last five years, the glacier has retreated by about 150m (492ft). Some worry the grotto could be having an impact on the melting of the glacier, but an ingenious trick is being used to protect the ice above the tunnel.

The BBC Travel Show's Jo Whalley went to find out more. View video.

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