In this Issue:
Korea Chapter AGM
Open to PATA Delegates
Chapters in the
Spotlight at Board Meeting
PATA Russia Stand
a Hit at MITT
UK Chapter, KNTO
Meet the Press
Keen on China
NY Chapter Familiar
Enjoys Passage to India
Discounts for PATA
Mart, ASTA Congress
What's New in
PATA Signs Poland
as First Allied Partner
Korea Chapter AGM
Open to PATA Delegates
Delegates to the 53rd PATA Annual Conference, April 18-22
on Jeju Island, Korea (ROK) are welcome to join the PATA Korea Chapter
Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 17-19, without additional charge.
The AGM provides a forum for ideas and co-operation among tourism
industry leaders in Northeast Asia to increase the flow of tourist
and business travel in the region.
PATA Korea Chapter Chairman and Korea National
Tourism Organization President, Mr. Yoo Keon (pictured), said: “The
PATA Korea Chapter AGM has developed into the largest Korean tourism
industry event by creating productive business opportunities within
an interesting programme.” He added that the AGM is widely recognised
as an essential event for Chinese, Japanese and Korean tourism leaders.
For online registration and more information
about the programme, friendship golf tournament and social functions,
please visit the PATA Korea Chapter Web site at http://www.patakorea.org/ or e-mail Mr. Jae-Wook Chung
Chapters in the Spotlight
at Board Meeting
PATA Vice President-Development, Mr. Peter Semone, will deliver
a presentation entitled "Chapter Integration Plan" during the PATA
Board of Directors meeting in Jeju on April 18. The proposals, to
be discussed and ratified by the Board, are part of PATA President
and CEO, Mr. Peter de Jong's 2004-2005 Strategic Plan for the Association.
Mr. Semone will deliver a similar presentation for the benefit of
PATA Annual Conference delegates on Tuesday April 20.
PATA Russia Stand
a Hit at MITT
The PATA Russia Chapter stand at the 11th Moscow International
Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT 2004) in March generated great
interest among Russian industry players. They wanted to learn more
about the PATA region, PATA membership and PATA events. The PATA
Russia Chapter, represented by Ms. Natalie Kulborisova and Mr. Igor
Komissarov (pictured) of TMI Invest, created the stand in conjunction
with ITE Travel Exhibitions based in the UK. The PATA Russia Chapter
will offer interested PATA members the chance to coexhibit at the
PATA stand at next year’s MITT. For more information, please contact
Mr. Komissarov at Igor.Komissarov@itravel.ru.
UK Chapter, KNTO Meet the Press
The PATA United Kingdom Chapter held its first Meet the
Press Workshop in March, which was sponsored by the Korea
National Tourism Organization (KNTO). Chapter Executive
Driector, Mr. David Arscott said: “The media turned out
in good numbers, met many Chapter principals and provided
us with a solid press mailing list for future events and
At the PATA Board of Directors
Meetings on Jeju Island, April 16-18, PATA UK Chapter Chairman,
Mr. Tim Robinson, will tell PATA Government members how
the Chapter was proactive in persuading the British Foreign
and Commonwealth Office to reassess its travel advisory
policies. For further information about PATA UK Chapter
activities, please contact Mr. Arscott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Chapter Keen on China
Mr. Nick Qin of China Professional Tours and Ms. Jane Wang of Oriental
Royal Cruises spoke to seventy-two agents at the PATA Florida Chapter’s
March meeting. "Anytime is the right time to visit China,” said
Mr. Qin. “Everything is ready to give your clients the trip of a
lifetime." PATA Florida Chapter Secretariat, Mr. Jerry Bardasch,
said that Ms. Wang’s and Mr. Qin’s presentations “brought a renewed
vigour to sell and visit China.”
The Chapter’s Executive Committee also
presented a cheque to the Chinese Culture Association of Coral Springs,
Florida, in recognition of the work it does in feeding the poor
and promoting Chinese culture. Receiving the cheque was the Association’s
President, Ms. Carol Yuen. The PATA Florida Chapter’s April 19 meeting
at Hollybrook Golf & Tennis Club in Pembroke Pines, Florida
will feature Mr. Gerry Kerr of Pacific Delight Tours and Mr. Larry
Greenman of Victoria Cruises. For further information on PATA Florida
Chapter activities, please contact Mr. Bardasch at BARDASCH@aol.com.
NY Chapter Familiar with Fiji
The Fiji Visitors Bureau and Fijian industry players presented the
attractions and activities on offer in Fiji to 77 members of the
PATA New York Chapter, March 25. Travel Agent Senior Editor,
Mr. James Ruggia, also offered his impressions of Fiji. Mr. Ruggia
said that it is common for countries to speak of the friendliness
of their people. In Fiji that “is not an empty promise," he said.
Mr. Ruggia endorsed Fiji as a great family destination. For further
information on PATA NY Chapter activities, please contact Chapter
Chairman, Mr. Larry Greenman at email@example.com. The Chapter has
a new Web site at http://www.nypata.org/.
Northern California Enjoys Passage
“A Passage to India” was the theme for PATA Northern California
Chapter's March 30 gathering at a San Francisco Indian restaurant.
India Tourism Office Assistant Director, Mr. Dhiraj Bhalla, spoke
about India's monuments, scenery, culture and people. Invited guests,
PATA Life Member, Mr. Lakshman Ratnapala and PATA Director-North
America, Mr. Jim Ferguson, joined Chapter members at the event.
PATA Czechia/Slovakia Chapter Chairman, Mr. Ales Krejci, has sent
PATA the following new contact details for the Chapter:
c/o World Trend
Na Hrebenkach 65
CZ-15000 Praha ř
Tel/Fax: (420) 271-770-148
Web site: http://www.pata.cz/
Discounts for PATA Mart, ASTA
PATA and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) are offering
discounts to buyers and sellers who attend PATA Travel Mart 2004
(PTM04) in Bangkok, September 22-24, and ASTA's World Travel Congress
(WTC) in Hong Kong, September 28-October 3.
agents who register for PTM04 and WTC at the discounted two-for-one
fee of US$299 are eligible for special air fares between Bangkok
and Hong Kong
exhibiting at both shows will receive a 20% discount off total
space rates and are eligible to use special shipping arrangements
between Bangkok and Hong Kong
exhibitors will have a special section at WTC and the opportunity
to speak to individual travel agents.
further PTM04 information:
What's New in Asia Pacific?
News@PATA is pleased to present What's New in Asia Pacific
- a monthly update on the products and special offers of PATA
members. Click to read the March-April edition of What's New in Asia Pacific. PATA members are welcome to
submit their product news to this monthly newsletter. For more
information, please contact PATA Manager-Communications, Ms. Paveena
Olansuksakul. Tel: (66-2) 658-2000 ext. 116. Fax: (66-2) 658-2010.
PATA Signs Poland as First
PATA is pleased to welcome the Polish Tourist
Organisation as PATA's first Allied Partner. PATA Allied Partnership
is a non-member affiliation whereby the tourism offices of nations,
states and cities from outside the PATA region can enjoy access
to the Association's research, networking and events opportunities.
PATA introduced the concept at ITB Berlin.
"We are gradually expanding our promotional
activities in the markets of Asia," said Polish Tourist Organisation
President, Mr. Andrzej Kozlowski (pictured). "We hope our access
to PATA's strategic intelligence will help us rationalise and increase
our effectiveness. Our participation in key trade events will create
opportunities to meet tourist business representatives in Asia."
PATA President and CEO, Mr. Peter de Jong
said: "We are delighted that Poland is among the first NTOs to take
up our Allied Partnership offer. In recent years, Poland has demonstrated
an assertive and forward-looking attitude to tourism promotion in
Asia Pacific." Mr. de Jong added: "We expect more tourist boards
in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere to take up this offer,
which will enhance their knowledge of, and access to, the world's
fastest growing outbound market -- Asia Pacific."
For further information about PATA Allied
Partnership, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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