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Join PATA now | October 15, 2015
 Upcoming Events 
PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015 in Legazpi, Albay, Philippines


PATAcademy-HCD December 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand
PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 in Chiang Rai, Thailand


PATA Annual Summit 2016 in Guam, USA

Are you a PATA Future Shaper?
PATA CEO Mario Hardy invites you to be a PATA Future Shaper by sharing your views in our upcoming membership research project.

PATA has appointed strategic partner,, to undertake a research consultancy to shape the direction of PATA for the next decade and beyond to help us prioritise the services and programmes that best suit all PATA members. Recommendations and outcomes for the project will be reported to the PATA Board in Guam in May 2016.

Participation can be done via personal interview in English with the team or via an online link sent directly to you.

All Future Shapers will receive an exclusive executive summary of some of the key issues and concerns.

Be a PATA Future Shaper today! To find out how you can participate, email Carolyn Childs – CEO Bespoke Research at or Halona Padiachy, Manager – Membership & Chapter Relations, PATA, at

Tourism InSPIRE Awards: Deadline Extension 

Submit your entry by October 20th

Show us how your operations ensure a meaningful and sustainable experience. The awards recognises seven categories including:
- Best Branded Accommodation,
- Best Independent Accommodation,
- Best Marine and Wildlife Tourism Provider
- Best Culinary Tourism Provider
- Best Culture and Heritage Tourism Provider
- Best Responsible Tourism Destination
- Best Community Based Tourism Initiative.
Learn more at
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Breakout Session: The Power of Ecotourism: Best Practices and Models for Implementation
Hear from Masaru Takayama, Founding Chair of the Asian Ecotourism Network. As a global community-based ecotourism consultant, eco-lodge advisor, and responsible tour operator in Kyoto, Masaru serves a number of key positions in the organizations both in Japan and internationally, including as judge for several industry awards.

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Components of Sustainability within the Visitor Economy
Meet Jude Kasturi Arachchi, Director of Jetwing Hotels Ltd, leads the Engineering & Development Team of Jetwing Hotels, with 27 years of experience in the industry and has been in the company for the last 20 years. Responsible for all development projects in the group, Jude has also introduced many sustainable practices including renewable energy projects and green initiatives to the Jetwing family of hotels.



Adventure Travel: A Booming Tourism Sector
According to industry studies, adventure tourism is a USD 263 billion global market. Gain insights on how to capture a share of this fast-growing market at the one-day conference, while building your business at the one-day travel mart with pre-matched appointments. Registration and hotel bookings open now.
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Join PATA and UNWTO for a Special Session During World Travel Market 2015
On behalf of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), we are delighted to invite you to a special session to be held during World Travel Market 2015 focusing on a number of innovative issues such as new ways of marketing destinations to the expectations of the new breed of young Asian travellers. Speakers from PATA, UNWTO and private sector organisations will share their views in this exciting debate.

Further information about the speakers and the event at this link.
Space for both the seminar and the lunch will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP here.

PATA Welcomes Bangkok Airways as Its Newest Aviation Member


PATA is pleased to announce that Bangkok Airways has joined PATA as its newest Aviation member.
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Key Insights from PATAmPOWER

Growth of LCC Seat Capacity from Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia Is Expected to be Driven by China in 2016

Seat capacity offered by Low Cost Carriers (LCC) in Southeast Asia reached 1.02 million in 3Q2015 and we expect this number to reach 1.21 million in 3Q2016, which would be a 19 percent increase year-on-year. Korea (ROK), the second largest destination as measured by LCC seat capacity in Southeast Asia, is expected to see minimal year-on-year growth of 0.6 percent, while figures for Hong Kong SAR and Japan are expected to be stagnant with no overall year-on-year increase.

Find out more about flights seat capacity at
PATA Publication

The Connected Visitor Economy September 2015 is Now Available for Download

The 8th edition of the 2015 Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin (VE Bulletin) is written by Carolyn Childs, CEO and Co-Founder of It provides valuable insights into the Indian outbound travel market.

Please visit PATA Store to download a complimentary copy.

SRS Travels

SRS Travels is one of the leading transport organizations in India with extensive operations in the areas of Employee Transportation, Tourist Transportation, Intercity Night Service, Package tours and Logistics/Cargo Movement. Started in 1971, we are proud to state that SRS Travels has made tremendous progress in its chosen field and currently commands a fleet of nearly 5000 vehicles operating on 24/7 basis. Apart from Bangalore, we have operations in Chennai, Hyderabad & Pune. Besides, we have major presence in Ahmadabad, Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Goa, Tirupathi and this is further getting expanded.

Hoa Binh Tourist & Convention

Hoa Binh Tourist & Convention (HOA BINH EVENTS GROUP) is the company which specializes in organizing conferences, events and operating high-quality international  and domestic tours in Vietnam.

NISCO Travel

NISCO Travel is one of the leading travel agents in Thailand, the company opened in early 2004 under  the company registration name NISCO TRAVEL Company Limited. The company registered with Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT License No. 11/06922. Creativity, high standards of professional and personal engagement as well as being close to the customer is the driving forces behind the aim of successful development of the company.
China’s Largest OTA Ctrip Integrates BeMyGuest’s Activities and Tours API

Ctrip, China’s largest OTA, has gone live with the integration of BeMyGuest’s API for Asian activities and tours. This is the first Asian activities and tours API to be fully integrated into Ctrip’s website and mobile app. Ctrip’s customers will be able to access BeMyGuest’s more than 10,000-strong inventory in over 600 destinations across Asia inclusive of attractions, day tours, activities, private tours and local experiences — currently the largest database of Asian activities and tours globally. Read More

Visa and Cigna Join Forces to Provide ‘Great Travel Privilege’ for Visa Cardholders

Mr. Julian Mengual, CEO and Country Manager of Cigna Insurance together with Mr. Suripong Tantiyanon, Country Manager of Visa Thailand launched “Cigna Travel Insurance” as a special privilege for all Visa Platinum, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders at The Okura Prestige Hotel Bangkok. Read More.

Tourism New Zealand Celebrates Conference Wins Worth $25 Million
Tourism New Zealand is celebrating its most successful year of conference wins to date – acknowledging the group of people who made them happen. The Tourism New Zealand Business Events National Awards, held in Auckland last night, celebrated the success New Zealand has had in the business events sector and acknowledged the contribution of key industry and sector leaders. Read More.

Macau: Plaque Unveiling Ceremony of Taipa Campus of IFT & Tourism 20:20

The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), through the IFT Tourism Research Centre, hosted the TOURISM 20:20 international symposium on 12 October at IFT new Taipa campus. Scholars, industry executives, and educators in the area of tourism from Macao and around the world attended the event and shared ideas on tourism development over the last 20 years and discussed challenges ahead in the next 2 decades. Read More.
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