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A conversation with the Co-Founder of Nepal’s National Trail Organization for the Great Himalaya Trail at NTFF 2016

Mim Hamal grew up working and hiking the mountain trails in Nepal and has had long and passionate experiences of developing rural communities living across the Himalayas. He plans and executes the policies and programmes for The Great Himalaya Trail Nepal Alliance (GHTNA).

Sit down with Mim and other speakers to examine the opportunities and critical challenges of developing tourism around a trail concept, including the importance of effective marketing.
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Practical bootcamp with Trevor Weltman at PATAcademy-HCD December 2016 
Trevor Weltman, Head of Growth at, is conducting a boot camp at the next PATAcademy-HCD that’s designed to utilise relevant business tools to aid an organisation’s storytelling process. Before joining, Trevor was an Account Strategist at Google. He is an expert in analytics and also works as a management trainer. is an online travel platform operating in 98 countries.
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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!

The Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin - 10th edition 2016 now available


In this issue of the VE Bulletin, Green Fins - an initiative established by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Reef-World - shares its strategies and success stories on engaging with dive and snorkel businesses by giving them the tools and resources needed to improve environmental practice and take responsibility for protecting the marine resources that drive their success.
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Learn more about the role of youth in tourism at WTM. Limited seats available


This session presents an informal and thought-provoking discussion on the important role of youth in transforming travel and tourism. Titled ‘The Role of Youth: Disruption and Entrepreneurship’, the seminar takes place on Tuesday November 8. Speakers from European Tourism Association (ETOA), PATA, Sojern and University of Bournemouth are being invited to lead this interesting discussion.

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PATA welcomes TAT Deputy Governor


Newly-appointed TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Khun Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, paid a courtesy call to PATA HQ in Bangkok to have a quick catch up on PATA upcoming events where he was welcomed by PATA Chief of Staff Dale Lawrence. PATA has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for many decades.

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Tourism industry briefing in Bangkok


PATA members are invited to register for a tourism industry briefing and luncheon at the Panyapiwat Institute of Management in Bangkok on Wednesday, November 23. The event, featuring a presentation on ‘The road to 30 million visitors, what’s next’ by John Koldowski, Head of the Service Innovation & Development unit for College of Innovation at Thammasat University and also the Advisor of PATA CEO. The tourism briefing is organised by the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with chambers representing the business interests of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia.


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Recommended reading: New coalition for Asian green hoteliers


A new coalition for sustainable hoteliers in Asia Pacific - Hotel Owners for Tomorrow (HOT) - was launched at HICAP 2016. The founding signatories of the HOT initiative represent the first high profile coalition of hotel owners in Asia committed to a fixed set of sustainable actions supported by brands, management companies and industry supporters.
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South Asia reports overall growth in visitor arrivals for 2Q2016
South Asia recorded encouraging year-on-year growth in visitor arrivals of 6.33 percent for 2Q2016. Arrivals to Sri Lanka and India grew by 8.04 percent and 7.29 percent respectively during the second quarter compared to the same period in 2015. The Maldives, however, experienced a slight year-on-year decrease of 1.21 percent for the same period.

Find out more about the latest international visitor arrivals data at
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China Outbound-Tourism Price Index Monthly Report is now available

The China Outbound-Tourism Price Index (OPI) is China’s first monthly monitoring system of Chinese outbound tour products and market price to global destinations. The OPI monthly report is developed with the aim of tracking the price trends of Chinese outbound tourism and reporting the changes of consumer prices on Chinese outbound travel to worldwide destinations.

The OPI report will provide DMOs and destination suppliers with useful guidance and intelligence on China outbound tourism market demand, changes of price and structure of outbound tourism products. OPI monthly report is now available for annual subscription (12 editions per annual subscription).

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Travel Compositor

Travel Compositor features tools to book flights, hotels and land services in multiple destinations, mixing them and, at the same time, searching for the best price combination between them. The booking engine can be customised to sell only your own direct products/services. They also offer you the chance to complete your core business to reach out to more customers by offering online third-parties services of your choosing.


TAT: Thailand open for business as usual with tourists events and attractions going ahead

While Thailand is officially in a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ministry of Tourism and sports (MOTs) along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai people want to assure foreign visitors and tourists that Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. Furthermore, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on with some adjustments for appropriateness. Otherwise, it is business as usual with the mourning period having no impact on travel plans and tours. Read More.

Special rates for PATA Members attending the Africa Travel Association Annual Conference in Kigali

PATA members enjoy a special delegate rate at the forthcoming Africa Travel Association Annual Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference takes place on November 14 – 17 at the Kigali Marriott hotel. All PATA members pay just 50 percent (US400$). The agenda includes the launch of a Council of Tourism Ministers chaired by Zimbabwe Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi. The new Council will discuss policies supporting tourism and ways in which the sector may be leveraged to stimulate economic and social development on the continent of Africa. More details at the official conference page and

Boiana-MG: Bulgaria - your four-seasons destination

Boiana-MG Travel Company will present its best tour programmes to Bulgaria and the Balkans at WTM in London.

The company has selected different travel products appropriate for all seasons revealing the nature beauty, the millennial history traditions and the hospitality of the local people.

Besides culture and history, Bulgaria offers plenty of leisure possibilities in winter.
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PolyU study finds Hong Kong to feel pressure from China’s free trade zones

The further development of China’s new free trade zones (FTZs) is likely to affect Hong Kong’s tourism industry in various ways, according to Ph.D. student Mingjie Ji, Associate Professor Mimi Li and Professor Brian King of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In a recently published paper, the researchers review the areas that are most at risk from the development of FTZs. They conclude that, although Hong Kong may lose some mainland tourists, it stands to benefit if it adopts a cooperative approach to seeking closer socioeconomic integration with the mainland. Read More.
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