Pacific Asia Travel Association Thailand Chapter
   

PATA Thailand Chapter e-Newsletter

June 2009

Category: General

BY: PATA THAILAND COMMUNICATIONS

A round-up of great travel offers from members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter ...

Learn How to Better Manage Tourism Crises The PATA Thailand Chapter will hold an all-day workshop called, “Risk & Crisis Management in Tourism.” The Wednesday June 17 event at the Dusit Thani in Bangkok has been organized by Thailand’s acclaimed tourism crisis expert, Mr Bert van Walbeek of The Winning Edge, who is also a Risk & Crisis Management Advisor to the Government of Macau SAR. The programme will cover essentials such as the essence of crisis management, reduction and readiness, response and recovery, case studies, the role of the media and the importance of cooperation within the industry. There will be a focus on how to survive during down times. Speakers will address steps that could reduce the present impact on Thailand's tourism.

“I’d like to see tourism stakeholders join hands in an ‘all for one, one for all’ mindset and start asking what they can do for Thailand instead of what Thailand can do for them,” said Mr van Walbeek. The seminar has been designed for owners and senior executives of hotels, tour operators, and other tourism-related organizations that accept the responsibility for the safety and security of their customers, staff and assets. Full day’s attendance, including lunch with luncheon presentation by John Koldowski of PATA head office, and two coffee breaks, is only 2,200 baht for Chapter members and 2,700 baht for non-members. Students can attend for 700 baht (two coffee breaks, no lunch). To book, simply call (66-2) 237-5195/9. Fax (66-2) 237-5190. E-mail: pata@asiaaccess.net.th.

The Recession Impacting Tourism: Find Out What’s Really Happening During the June 17 Chapter luncheon, guest speaker, John Koldowski of PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre promises to deliver some tantalising insights on the state of the travel industry in Asia Pacific. He will assess the current state of affairs in the travel sector, what to watch out for in the next six months, likely Asia Pacific tourism scenarios, and how these will impact the way the travel industry does business in the future. “Apart from some revealing statistics, we will look at what businesses need to do to stay afloat, and how businesses are adjusting their corporate strategies. Are we seeing the ‘green shoots’ of recovery? Or are these merely ‘yellow weeds’ that indicate more tough times to come?” Fully paid up Chapter members can attend the luncheon by using one of their three Chapter luncheon vouchers. Alternatively, pay 2,200 baht (for Chapter members) or 2,700 baht (for non-members) to enjoy the luncheon and presentation as part of the “Risk and Crisis Management in Tourism” seminar. . Tel: (66-2) 237-5195/9. Fax (66-2) 237-5190. E-mail: pata@asiaaccess.net.th.

Join the Chapter’s Bowling Competition Friday July 24 The Chapter is inviting the tourism industry in Thailand to send teams to join the PATA Thailand Chapter ten-pin bowling night, Friday July 24 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Club Siam Paragon. It costs 2,000 baht to enter a team of three, which includes shoe rental and free flow of soft drinks. The fun starts at 6pm. Travel companies wishing exposure at the event can buy a sponsorship package. Please register your team(s) first. Tel: (66-2) 237-5195/9. Fax (66-2) 237-5190. Email: pata@asiaaccess.net.th.

Thailand Chapter Has the Right Spirit


The PATA Thailand Chapter has won the Spirit of PATA Award for contributions to PATA and the travel industry in Thailand. Chapter Chairman, Mr Luzi Matzig, collected the award on behalf of the Chapter at the PATA Foundation Charity Gala Dinner Hosted by Macau Government Tourist Office in Macau, April 19. Picture shows Mr Matzig collecting the award from former PATA Chairperson, Ms Janice Antonson.

Chapter Chair Matzig Wins Award


Mr Luzi Matzig, has won the PATA Award of Merit for longstanding contributions to PATA and the travel industry. The Group CEO of Asian Trails, who is currently the Thailand Chapter chairman, received the award at the PATA Foundation Charity Gala Dinner hosted by Macau Government Tourist Office on April 19 in Macau. Mr Matzig has served as a PATA Board member, chaired the Association’s events and marketing committees and is a former vice chairman of the PATA Industry Council. He has an incredible passion for the tourism industry and a great love for Thailand and the region. Picture shows Mr Matzig collecting the award from PATA Chairman, Ms Phornsiri Manoharn.

Chapter pays tribute to Kurt Senior representatives from the Chapter’s executive committee paid tribute to legendary Bangkok hotelier Kurt Wachtveitl on May 7. Kurt retired as general manager of The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok after 41 years as the helm. The Chapter presented a special mounted photo montage created by Chapter member Sheer Bravado. Pictured with Kurt (third from left) are executive committee members Ms Supaporn Chinpasnan; Mr Bob James; Chapter chairman Mr Luzi Matzig; Mr Danny McCafferty and PATA's Associate Director - Membership Ms Jackie Tisapramotkul.

Join the Chapter’s Bowling Competition Friday July 24 The Chapter is inviting the tourism industry in Thailand to send teams to join the PATA Thailand Chapter ten-pin bowling night, Friday July 24 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Club Siam Paragon. It costs 2,000 baht to enter a team of three, which includes shoe rental and free flow of soft drinks. The fun starts at 6pm. Travel companies wishing exposure at the event can buy a sponsorship package. Please register your team(s) first. Tel: (66-2) 237-5195/9. Fax (66-2) 237-5190. Email: pata@asiaaccess.net.th.

Join the Chapter’s Bowling Competition Friday July 24 The Chapter is inviting the tourism industry in Thailand to send teams to join the PATA Thailand Chapter ten-pin bowling night, Friday July 24 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Club Siam Paragon. It costs 2,000 baht to enter a team of three, which includes shoe rental and free flow of soft drinks. The fun starts at 6pm. Travel companies wishing exposure at the event can buy a sponsorship package. Please register your team(s) first. Tel: (66-2) 237-5195/9. Fax (66-2) 237-5190. Email: pata@asiaaccess.net.th.

About the PATA Thailand Chapter The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter is a voluntary not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry in Thailand. The Chapter organises tourism training seminars, disseminates useful information to its members and the media and supports the strategic objectives of PATA head office. The Chapter comprises both private and government sectors. More information is available at www.PATA-Thailand.org.

  • Further information
  • PATA Thailand Chapter Secretariat
  • Tel: (662) 237 5195-9
  • Fax: (662) 237 5190
  • E-mail: pata@asiaaccess.net.th