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PATA plans Dubai chapter

5 June, 2007

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) plans to start a chapter in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The decision was taken when Khalid bin Sulayem, director-general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and Peter de Jong, president of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, met in the United Arab Emirates recently.

At the meeting, Khalid bin Sulayem and Peter de Jong discussed PATA’s ability to provide useful, detailed research of mainly Asian markets and how this can be shared with the DTCM.

Earlier in 2006, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing had joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association as a member.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association, founded in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1951 and headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, is a not-for-profit organisation. It is the recognised authority on Pacific Asia travel and tourism and serves government tourist offices, airlines, hotels and other travel-related companies in the region and beyond.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association provides leadership to the collective efforts of over 45 national government members, 48 state and local tourism bodies, 66 airlines and cruise lines – a total of nearly 2,000 travel industry companies. PATA membership includes 17,000 travel professionals in over 80 PATA chapters located throughout the world.

Meanwhile, Thailand has been selected as the host country of the first Asia-Pacific travel and tourism leadership summit, to be organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, in April 2008.

According to a PATA spokesman, the summit will focus on high-level strategic business issues with cross-sectoral relevance, impacting the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry in the next one year.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association, replacing its annual conferences, is seeking to attract organisations in the hotel, financial investment and aviation sectors to conduct focused, quality programmes with CEO-level participation from the travel and tourism and allied businesses.

About 500 delegates are expected to attend the two-day event in Bangkok.





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