PATA Thailand Chapter Launches Website
BY: PATA THAILAND CHAPTER
BANGKOK, April 23, 2007 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter today launched its website to serve its 100 travel industry member organisations. The website at www.PATA-Thailand.org has been designed to advance the Chapter’s agenda to promote the responsible development of the travel industry in Thailand.
The website supports upcoming educational, training and networking events such as the Thailand Travel Mart June 7-10, the PATA Thailand IT Seminar June 27, and the “Big Ticket” meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) seminar October 26.
“There is a hunger for knowledge among many young members of the travel industry,” said Chapter Chairman, Mr Bob James. “The website lists the educational events and encourages travel industry members to join the Chapter and benefit from events which we organise on a not-for-profit basis,” he said.
The 100 page website designed by Bangkok-based Softech Business Solutions also lists the contact details of all 100 member organisations involved in international inbound tourism, including giants such as THAI Airways and the Tourism Authority of Thailand as well as local family-run resorts in far-flung corners of Thailand.
“PATA’s strength is its bridging role between international and domestic tourism and our ability to represent the private and public sectors in equal measure,” said Mr James. “The PATA brand is respected because it’s not just about profit, it’s about education and responsible development.”
There are over 30 PATA Chapters in major tourism destinations around the world. The Thailand Chapter is one of the larger more active ones, reflecting the importance of tourism to the Thai economy.
PATA was founded in 1951 in the United States in order to introduce the benefits of tourism to the Pacific islands following World War II. With the rise of Asia, PATA’s centre of gravity moved west. The Association head office moved from Oakland, California to Bangkok in 1998. The local Chapter in Thailand has been in existence since the 1970s.