It is with immense sadness and utmost sorrow that we learned of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His Majesty the King was loved and revered by the citizens of Thailand and his long service and dedication to the people of this country was much admired and respected by heads of state, elected leaders and peoples of countries throughout the world. This is a time of great sadness for the Thai Royal Family and for Thai citizens throughout the world. We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and the members of the Royal Family. May His Majesty The King rest in eternal peace.

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Featuring NTFF 2016 speaker, Raj Gyawali, Founder of Social Tours

Unearth the sustainable tourism in the domestic and regional markets with Raj on November 25, at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Raj's adventurous passion drove him to open the door of and brought countless adventure lovers from all over the world to Nepal. He strongly believes that 'if you are not living on the edge, you are taking too much space', hence all his staff in the organisation are driven by his belief to showcase the beauty of Nepal domestically and internationally.
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Connecting through stories with BBC StoryWorks at PATAcademy-HCD December 2016 
Nicola Eliot, Senior Manager Content Strategy of BBC StoryWorks, will touch upon the different approaches to storytelling and, through examples, show how those approaches have helped BBC to connect with audiences and learn from them. Attendees will learn to ask the right questions, gather the right insights and use data to ensure that they stay on the right path of true engagement which will help them build a truly forward thinking brand to create immersive cross platform experiences.
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Southern Laos and the People’s Government of Meishan, Sichuan, China named as winners in PATA CEO Challenge 2016


A province in Lao PDR and the city of Meishan in China are the winners of the US$1 million PATA CEO Challenge 2016.

Southern Laos receives the Top Destination Award in the category of ‘Regions/States/Provinces’. The People’s Government of Meishan, Sichuan, China is granted the Top Destination Award in the category of ‘Second and Third Tier Cities’.

The two winning entries will work with PATA CEO Challenge 2016 partner TripAdvisor to develop and create digital marketing campaigns to showcase their destination to a global audience, valued at US$500,000 each.
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The Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin - 9th edition 2016


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travel has become a significant segment of the global tourism market and its visibility will continue to grow as more countries adopt legislation that treats all of their citizens equally.

In this month’s VE Bulletin, LoAnn Halden, IGLTA Communications Director, provides a snapshot of the LGBT market with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and discusses trends and strategies for better engagement with this dynamic group of potential clients.

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Deadline extended for 2016 Hong Kong PolyU Winter School Sponsorship Programme applications


The PATA Foundation is pleased to offer six sponsorships to member-endorsed candidates to attend the 2016 Hong Kong PolyU Winter School. The deadline for applications has been extended until October 31, 2016. The Executive Development Programme in Hospitality takes place in Hong Kong SAR from December 5-17, 2016. The Programme is developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel & Tourism Management, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Hotels Association.
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Recommended reading: TripAdvisor halts ticket sales to cruel wildlife attractions


TripAdvisor and its ticket sales company are no longer selling tickets for hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as cruel to wild animals, reversing a policy under which the companies had resisted considering the welfare of animals when promoting trips.
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Key insights from PATAmPOWER

Destinations in Northeast Asia reports mixed results for August 2016
Korea (ROK) and Japan report visitor arrivals growth of 56.7 percent and 12.8 percent respectively in August 2016 compared to the same period last year. Chinese Taipei and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macao are reporting reduced numbers of arrivals in August 2016 compared to last year. Hong Kong SAR has seen a significant year-on-year fall of 9.4 percent in August 2016 - driven mainly by a year-on-year drop of more than 10 percent in the numbers of Chinese tourists.

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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Enchanting Myanmar

Established in 2012, Enchanting Myanmar is run by three very experienced professionals, combining more than two decades of experience in Myanmar’s travel industry. Enchanting Myanmar specialises in the English-speaking B2B market. For the B2C market we operate under our sister Joint Ventured Company AsiaTrips Travel.


New service links New York with Cancun

The Mexico Tourism Board and INTERJET are pleased to invite PATA New York Chapter members to attend a press conference to launch INTERJET’s new direct route JFK – CANCUN. Read More.

NY PATA invitation Oct 26 2016 CTRIP

The Ctrip North America Strategic Partnership Travel Summit is a combination of high calibre keynote speakers, educational sessions, partnership signing ceremony and networking event.

Ctrip is the largest online travel agency (OTA) in China, offering services such as hotel booking, ticketing, leisure travels and MICE/cooperate travel management.

Tours4fun is a full-service, online tour and travel superstore offering a wide range of products and services geared toward intrepid travelers as well as those vacationing for the first time.
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BBC World News’ Travel Show investigates the bustling arts and cultural scene across South-East Asia

Three vastly different countries in the heart of Asia, one, a nation spanning a dazzling array of islands and ethnic groups, another, a country rich with heritage and buzzing with energy, and the last, a vibrant cultural and tourism hub. What they all share in common is that their individual art and culture scenes are vibrant and prospering. In the BBC World News series Heart of Asia, I travelled to Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to meet with the trailblazers from all walks of life who are revolutionising the way we think about art and culture in Asia. Read More.

Open Destinations launches new package builder technology

Travel technology specialist Open Destinations will be introducing their new Package Builder module for the first time at this year’s ITB Asia and World Travel Market. This new module is the latest addition to the company’s Travel Studio reservations platform, which is currently live in travel businesses across more than 30 countries. Read More.

OAG: Reaching out_China's outbound love story

With strong growth taking place in China’s air travel market, OAG’s report, Reaching Out: China’s Outbound Love Story takes a timely look at where the country’s international capacity is headed as for the first time, it’s growing at a faster rate than domestic capacity. With Boeing estimating that there will be 100m overseas visitors from China by 2020, it is no surprise that the past five years have seen carriers from outside China wake up to the potential of this market. Read More.

WTTC: Four weeks left to apply for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017

Four weeks left to apply for WTTC’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards! Anyone working towards a more responsible tourism industry can apply before the 14th of November 2016 in one of the five categories – People, Environment, Innovation, Community and Destination. The awards are open to individuals, organisations and destinations of all sizes, and winning is one of the best ways to bring your initiative to a wider audience, showcasing best practice to governments and other business, as well as instilling pride and motivation in those who work on your efforts. Read More.

Garage Society expands to Sai Ying Pun after success in Central and Sheung Wan

Garage Society (, a leading contemporary co-work operator headquartered in Hong Kong, is currently constructing Garage Collective, its newest location in Sai Ying Pun, that will launch in November. The new co-working space will become a game-changing lifestyle hub with the first-of-its-kind amenities in Hong Kong. The move comes after the operator experienced great success with its workspaces in Central and Sheung Wan, as well as in a recent new operation in Phuket, Thailand. Read More.

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