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Pacific Asia Watch
Manila To Host Pata Travel Mart 2012
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce that the PATA Travel Mart 2012 (PTM2012) will take place in Manila, Philippines. Dates will be confirmed and announced soon. The event will be hosted by the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board. The Philippines successfully won the bid over other strong contenders in the running. Manila hosted the very first PATA Travel Mart back in 1978, where over 300 delegates assembled to experience Asia Pacific’s first industry trade event. After more than three decades PATA Travel Mart still remains one of Asia Pacific’s leading travel shows, regularly attracting 1,000 delegates while still maintaining an exclusive B2B professional trade only format.

In the past, the Philippines has also hosted several key PATA events including the 29 PATA Annual Conference and Workshop in 1980; PATA Annual Board of Directors Meetings in 1989; the 47 PATA Annual Conference in 1998; the Chapter World Congress and the PATA Board of Directors Meeting in 2002. Said Greg Duffell, CEO, PATA: “PATA is delighted to bring our signature event back to Manila, Philippines. We received tremendous support from the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board to host our event. I strongly believe that the PTM2012 will showcase Philippines’s capacity in hosting major international events and highlight its re-emergence as a leading tourism destination hub in Asia Pacific.”

Said Alberto A Lim, secretary, Philippine Department of Tourism: "I am pleased to announce that the Philippines won the bid to host the PATA Travel Mart 2012 (PTM2012). The decision of the PATA Executive board to award this event to the Philippines is a strong indication of the region’s business confidence in the country. The forthcoming PTM2012 will give us the opportunity to showcase once again the beauty and culture of our country and the charm, warmth and hospitality of a friendly people, as well as the new tourism infrastructure in place since the last time we hosted a big PATA event in 1998. Our public and private sectors will now join hands to work for the success of PTM2012 for the sake of Philippine tourism as well as the entire Pacific Asia region.”

The event is scheduled to take place at the SMX Convention Center, the largest private venue in the Philippines and one of the flagship establishments of the country’s MICE industry. It is conveniently located within close proximity to prestigious hotels and key public transportation systems.

Duffell (4th from left) received warm welcome from the Philippine Department of Tourism led by Lim (5th from left) during his visit to the Philippines recently as a guest of the PATA Philippines Chapter. David Stone, chairman, PATA Philippines Chapter (5th from right).
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