The Pacific Asia Travel Association has
appointed the representation firm Bryant & Tripptree Ltd. (BTL) as its
representative in North America.The appointment, announced at the PATA head office
in Bangkok, became effective July 1.
BTL will coordinate PATA’s activities in North America through its offices in
California and New York. BTL’s principals Ms Barbara Bryant and Ms Kathleen
Tripptree have extensive experience in tourism and hospitality marketing and
management, for organisations such as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Hong
Kong Tourism Board, Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts and the Bal Harbour (Florida)
Department of Tourism.
Both executives have a long relationship with PATA. Based in California, Ms Bryant
served as Chair of the PATA Southern California Chapter and as Chair of the PATA
Chapters Congress 1991 in Bali, where she became the first woman ever to receive the
PATA Presidential Award. Based in New York, Ms Tripptree has served as Vice Chair
of the PATA New York Chapter.
“We have been impressed with PATA’s new directions and initiatives and are very keen
to join the Association during this period of dynamism in Asia Pacific tourism,”
said Ms Bryant.
“We look forward to expanding PATA’s footprint in North America and to contributing
to the sustainable growth of two-way traffic between North America and Asia
Pacific,” added Ms Tripptree.
PATA President and CEO Peter de Jong said, “We are delighted that two such
experienced professionals have accepted the challenge to grow PATA’s North American
profile and presence. With their vast Asia Pacific network and bi-coastal US
presence, Barbara and Kathleen can help take PATA to the next level in North