See You in Pacific Asia Website Lauched

23rd Aug 2002


A new Website is making trip
planning to from North America to Asia and the South Pacific inexpensive and
is a virtual marketplace for package
tours, hotels, car rentals and airline tickets to destinations ranging from
Australia to Vietnam.
Destined to become the most comprehensive tool for travel information to
Asia and the South Pacific, currently
contains links to more than two dozen countries, along with hotels, airlines
and tour operators serving the region.
The site has extensive sections focusing on travel to Australia, China,
Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (ROK),
Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and
Additionally, regularly promotes
special deals, such as discounted package tours and airline tickets, free room
nights, and other value-added extras. Several offers are sponsored by
MasterCard International, including a five-night package to Hong Kong
(including round-trip air from the West Coast) for $699, a five-night cruise
through Asia for the price of three nights, and savings on trips to Australia,
New Zealand, Papau New Guinea, and Micronesia.
  Bangkok-based Pacific Asia Travel Association, (PATA
) created in an effort to build greater consumer
awareness of the wide array of opportunities for travel in the region.
  According to Bill Hastings, PATA Managing Director-Europe & the Americas,
“Although Americans are very knowledgeable about the diverse range of
cultures, food and attractions in Pacific Asia, what they often don`t realize
is that the region is extremely affordable and easy to get to, due to
increasing air lift from all parts of the United States and Canada.”
Stuart Cameron, Vice President Global Promotions for MasterCard
International, says “Aligning with PATA and our travel partners allows us to
deliver valuable travel offers exclusive to MasterCard cardholders who are
planning to travel to Asia and the South Pacific.”
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is the recognized authority on
Pacific Asia travel and tourism. PATA provides marketing, research and
educational opportunities to a membership of government tourist offices,
airlines, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators and related companies.
PATA`s mission is to enhance the growth, value and quality of Pacific Asia
travel and tourism.



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