PATA unveils summit details

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has
confirmed initial details of the first-ever Annual PATA Summit, a unique forum for
the world’s travel and tourism leaders to focus on the big strategic issues
impacting the industry. Speaking after the PATA Board of Directors Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, last month,
PATA President & CEO Peter de Jong, announced that PATA had formed a partnership
with two powerful organisations specialising in the hospitality investment and
aviation sectors to support the Summit, scheduled for April 2008.

“I’m delighted to say that the Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and the Centre for Asia
Pacific Aviation (CAPA) have agreed to partner with PATA on the Summit,” Mr de Jong

“BHN and CAPA are the recognised leaders in their respective fields, with a
reputation of excellence in convening conferences that draw a broad cross-section of
industry leaders and keynote speakers and an enviable track record of CEO

BHN President & CEO, Jim Burba, said he was excited about the Summit because it
created an opportunity for leaders of all elements of the industry - including
destinations, hotels, attractions, tour operators, airlines and cruise lines - to
come together to focus on strategic business issues from a cross-sectoral
CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison said the Summit would provide a unique
platform for the public and private sectors of travel and tourism to focus on the
highest levels of critical business issues relating to policy and regulation.

Mr de Jong also announced the venue of the inaugural Summit would be Bangkok
Thailand, noting that PATA had received bids from five Asia Pacific destinations to
host the event.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, Mrs Phornsiri Manoharn, who
attended the PATA Board Meeting, said TAT was delighted to be selected to host such
an important event on the international tourism calendar. 

“Thailand has hosted numerous PATA events in the past and we are honoured to be
entrusted by the Association to host the first Annual PATA Summit in 2008. We look
forward to working together with PATA, BHN and CAPA to ensure that the summit is a
resounding success,” she said.

Mr de Jong said that PATA was still reviewing the theme of the first Summit but that
it would centre on a “crucial, strategic business issue that demanded the immediate
attention of travel and tourism decision-makers”.

“PATA’s unique connectivity across the private and public sectors, together with its
mandate to ‘position, promote and protect’ the Asia Pacific travel industry means we
are well-placed to assume this responsibility and to accept this challenge.” Mr de
Jong added.