The Pacific Asia Travel Association UK Chapter (PATA UK)
PATA UK is the hub of activity for Pacific Asia. We have a community of over 5,000 travel professionals who strive to be travel experts for a wide array of destinations throughout the region. Our goal is to educate the UK travel trade by hosting events throughout the UK, where members can keep up-to- date about the latest happenings in Pacific Asia.
PATA UK & Ireland Events
Guernsey Quiz Night – 21st March 2018
Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Guernsey, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Jersey Quiz Night – 22nd March 2018
Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Jersey, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Chester Quiz Night – 2nd May 2018
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Chester, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Glasgow Quiz Night – 3rd May 2018
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Glasgow, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Bournemouth Quiz Night – 3rd July 2018
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Bournemouth, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Limerick Quiz Night – 13th November 2018
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Limerick, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Taste of PATA Dublin 2018
Join the PATA UK Chapter for an event like no other – a chance to experience a ‘taste’ of the Pacific Asia region, from New Zealand to Thailand, Australia to Macau.
Belfast Quiz Night – 15th November 2018
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Belfast, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Christmas Lunch 2018 – 13th December 2018
Celebrate the festive season with friends and industry colleagues!
Exeter Quiz Night – 28th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Exeter, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Say G’day to Exclusive Online Training
Say G’day to Exclusive Online Training Tourism Australia recently hosted Australia in Detail, an exclusive training event for experienced Aussie Specialists, in London and Manchester. In a first for Tourism Australia, the presentations were filmed to create a collection of training videos, giving those who missed out on the day the opportunity to experience more in-depth training in front of their screens. To take your Australia knowledge to the next level, tune in now and watch the video presentations about Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory as well as a Q&A session with Qantas online. What’s more, you can participate in a competition to win two return economy tickets to Australia, courtesy of Qantas Airways. Check out this new feature now on the Aussie Specialist website, and enter the competition by 15 April 2018. Not an Aussie Specialist yet? Qualify now for your chance to participate.
The Brando recently featured on the BBC
The Brando recently featured on the BBC The Brando resort was featured in the BBC TV show “Amazing Hotels: Life beyond the lobby”, where Giles and Monica fly to the small island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. In the first episode of this entertaining and insightful series, they both worked alongside the staff of the exclusive Brando Resort to serve 5-star luxury to guests. Viewable in the UK only, or available on Netflix later this year. To watch the programme please click BBC Life beyond the Lobby or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Award for Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Koh Samui
Award for Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Koh Samui At the 2018 World Spas & Wellness Awards held in London last month, Kamalaya was announced as the ‘Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year’. Kamalaya received the prestigious award for the second year running, after being voted the 2018 winner by an independent jury of industry professionals. Up against a prestigious line-up of dedicated wellness properties, Kamalaya was the only Asian based resort in the shortlist of five properties. For more information please visit www.kamalaya.com or contact email@example.com to find out more.
PAL ramps up Australia operations
PAL ramps up Australia operations 4-Star carrier Philippine Airlines is increasing flights between Manila and Melbourne amidst the surge of passenger traffic along the route. Beginning June 1 this year, the flag carrier will operate five weekly Manila-Melbourne frequencies from the current thrice weekly service. The additional flights form part of several operational enhancements being undertaken by PAL after receiving the coveted 4-Star certification from air transport rating organization Skytrax. PR207 departs Manila every Wednesday and Friday at 4:45PM and arrives in Melbourne at 3:00AM local time the following day. PR208 leaves the Australian city every Thursday and Saturday at 5:40AM local time and touches down in Manila at 10:55AM on the same day. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, PR209 leaves Manila at 9:10PM and lands in Melbourne at 8:30AM local time the following day and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, PR210 departs Melbourne at 10:15AM local time and reaches Manila at 3:30PM on the same day. PAL Vice President for Sales Ryan Uy said, “The new frequency to Melbourne would enable Aussies to maximize the benefits of the domestic and international hub of PAL which currently offers a combined total of 77 destinations. Passengers will get to enjoy our […]
Lets go PNG
LET’S GO PNG There’s a lot to do in beautiful Papua New Guinea, here’s our favourites, Discover PNG’s Amazing culture: more than 750 cultural groups and languages, visit one of the many festivals and join in a ‘sing sing’. Trekking: Not only the notoriously challenging Kokoda Trail, but also plenty of treks to satisfy all levels of fitness. Surf Uncrowded Breaks: Only a maximum of 20 surfers allowed at one time, so almost guaranteed to have a wave to themselves. Bird Watching: There are 600 different species including 38 of the 43 known Birds of Paradise. PNG is a must for the enthusiastic bird watcher. Catch a Black Bass: Fishing in pristine waters. Kayaking: Plenty of options for all levels. Expedition Cruising: Discover PNG remote areas whilst enjoying a relaxing cruise. Kite Surfing: Consistent 18-25 knot winds in some parts and miles of untouched reef. To find out more, please visit: www.papuanewguinea.travel
MGM opens a second property in Macao
MGM opens a second property in Macao MGM Cotai, with its glittering, jewellery-box-like façade, opened on 13 February offering approximately 1,400 rooms and suites. The property has plenty of diverse and unique experiences including Asia’s first adaptive and dynamic theatre, “Spectacle” – a football pitch-sized atrium with one of the world’s largest collections of sensory digital art, and dining concepts from four renowned celebrity chefs. http://visitmacao.co.uk/ https://www.mgm.mo/en/cotai
The Amazing Thailand Roadshow will be visiting 6 Cities in 2018
The Amazing Thailand Roadshow will be visiting 6 Cities in 2018 These exciting evenings will include delicious Thai food, Thai beers and the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid fam trip amongst many other brilliant prizes! The events always book out, so request your place as soon possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org York – 13 March Sheffield – 14 March Cardiff – 24 April Bristol – 25 April Jersey – 4 September Guernsey – 5 September To Learn More about Thailand To learn more about Thailand and for your chance to win a £50 Love2Shop voucher visit the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme: training.tourismthailand.co.uk For Everything Thailand: Visit the ‘Sell the Thai Life’ Hub for everything Thailand! Your one stop shop which includes all you need to sell more and sell better holidays to Thailand. We are providing you a great on-line Thailand guide, monthly news, competitions, and useful information and contacts. www.sellingtravel.co.uk/sell-the-thai-life
Introducing The Sanchaya, Kurtzahlers Latest Representation Partnership
Introducing The Sanchaya, Kurtzahlers Latest Representation Partnership The Kurtzahlers London team are delighted to introduce The Sanchaya, their latest addition to their portfolio. The Sanchaya is located on the Indonesian island of Bintan, less than an hour from Singapore and situated on one of the world’s most stunning white powder sand beachfront. Inspired by the European Salons of the 19th century, the resort cultivates highly refined service standards that pay homage to the attentiveness observed by artisans on a private estate. Its common areas, Dining Room, Library and Bar reference Southeast Asia’s rich history and culture blended with a vintage European refinement in its artworks, antiques, furnishings and spirit. An award-winning collection of 21 lavish villas and 9 suites combining exceptionally comfortable interiors with the warmth and atmosphere like those of a luxurious private estate spread over 9.6 beachfront hectares. The Sanchaya is a 50 minute ferry ride from Singapore, plus a short private chauffeured transfer from the estate’s private VIP lounge at Bintan’s ferry terminal. For more information please contact email@example.com or visit www.thesanchaya.com
PAL, now a global 4-star airline
PAL, now a global 4-star airline! A big win for the Philippines – PAL CEO Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been certified as a 4-Star airline by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organisation. PAL, joining 40 other well-renowned airlines in this prestigious category, is the first and only airline in the country to have a 4-Star Rating. PAL achieved this coveted rating after Skytrax conducted a rigorous audit of the airline’s inflight and on ground service for both international and domestic flights and noted major enhancements on its end-to-end passenger experience and distinct whole-hearted service called Buong Pusong Alaga. “This is a big win for the Philippines,” said PAL Chairman & CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan. “We are elated by this recognition which is a victory for the more than seven thousand members of the Philippine Airlines family. Our achievement is the country’s achievement and we share this with all Filipinos around the globe.” This 4-Star Airline rating is a mark of quality distinction that recognizes excellent standards of Product and Staff service across different assessment categories for both the Onboard and Airport environment. Commenting on the 4-Star Airline Rating awarded to Philippine Airlines, Edward Plaisted, Skytrax CEO said: “This […]
Vietnam is a destination that rewards exploration
Vietnam is a destination that rewards exploration Vietnam is a destination that rewards exploration. Journey just outside town to Trang An Grottoes, southwest of Hoa Lu ancient capital inside Trang An Eco Tourism Complex. This area is includes limestone ranges, valleys, caves and rivers; Trang An Grottoes also hosts Vuc Vong Temple, and the Khong residence. Embark on a small, hand rowed sampan, and begin your journey along green waterways. Continue to Hoa Lu, the birthplace of the Vietnamese nation. In the 10th century, it was here that the first capital was established. Today only the foundations remain of the original palace, but visitors can still see two temples, Dinh Tien Hoan Temple and Le Dai Hanh Temple, dedicated to the rulers of the first two dynasties of the nation. These temples are a sight to behold, with traditional courtyards and lily ponds, set among the dramatic rice paddies and karst formations of the area. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complimentary half board offer from Outrigger Resorts in Koh Samui and Phuket.
Complimentary half board offer from Outrigger Resorts in Koh Samui and Phuket. Outrigger Resorts in Koh Samui and Phuket are offering guests complimentary half board if they book an upgraded room type and are staying 7 nights or more. The offer is valid April through October although some closeout dates apply
Field of Light Uluru at Ayers Rock Resort, Australia shines on until 2020
Field of Light Uluru at Ayers Rock Resort, Australia shines on until 2020 Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru, has been extended for a further period and will now remain in place until 31 December 2020. The award-winning exhibition, located at Ayers Rock Resort, opened on 1 April 2016 to critical acclaim, and has since exceeded all expectations proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination. Guests can enjoy the field in a number of ways – a Field of Light Pass includes transfers, a Star Pass includes transfers as well as sparkling wine and canapes, and for those wanting a special evening under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light dining experience that includes transfers and guests can also arrive via helicopter or camel for an additional charge. Between 22 October and 24 March each year, guests can also enjoy Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in local Pitjantjatjara. This premium experience for a maximum of 16 guests combines an exceptional gourmet menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with a private escorted tour through Field of Light.
Destination Asia are embracing their Corporate Social Responsibility pillars by giving back.
Destination Asia are embracing their Corporate Social Responsibility pillars by giving back. Embracing our CSR pillars, we take responsibility for our actions and strive to create a positive impact through our activities on the environment, consumers, employees and communities. We manage the economic, social and environmental impacts of our operations to maximize the benefits and minimize the downsides. ‘Giving Back’ is a socially responsible group-initiative created in 2011 by Destination Asia to connect people and make a positive impact in the destinations where we operate. Community based tourism is just one area our efforts are focused. We work with enterprises, workshops and communities to connect travelers with authentic experiences that directly benefit those who live in the region they are visiting. Click here to learn more
International Chinese New Year Night Parade
International Chinese New Year Night Parade The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade will usher in the Year of Dog with a one-of-a-kind, world-class celebration. Having been the centrepiece of Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year celebrations for the past 22 years, the fun-filled and colourful carnival was named by Lonely Planet Bluelist as one of the “Best Value Entertainment Around the World” in 2007 and named by Forbes magazine as one of the “10 Best Events of the Year” in 2011, which means the parade is not short performances to enthral and entertain audiences. Theme floats with illuminated decorations will light up the streets in Tsim Sha Tsui and a variety of international and local performing groups will join the Year of the Dog mascot to celebrate the Chinese New Year in this colourful event.
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket unveils new look after extensive renovations
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket unveils new look after extensive renovations Located on the pristine Bangtao beach within the Laguna Phuket Complex just completed a major renovation in November 2017 including refurbishing 135 of its guestrooms and suites, upgrading two signature restaurants, and its main free-form swimming pool in the heart of its beachfront gardens. https://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/lagunaphuket/ Dusit Thani Bangkok to remain open throughout the year so developer can add even greater value to the new hotel Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, has announced that its iconic flagship hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, will now remain fully operational until 5 January 2019 (with final check-out at 2pm on that date), instead of 16 April of this year, as was previously announced. The hotel’s closing date has been extended to allow Dusit and its partners more time to add even greater value to the new version of the hotel, which will open as part of a THB 36.7 billion (approximately USD 1.1 billion) landmark mixed-use project to be built in partnership with Central Pattana PLC. Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened on 27 February 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s tallest edifice and […]
Last chance to learn and book with Qantas to win an Aussie adventure!
Last chance to learn and book with Qantas to win an Aussie adventure! It’s your last chance to learn and book with Qantas for your chance to win an Aussie adventure! Qantas will fly you and a friend in Business, non-stop to Australia on the new Qantas Dreamliner, with £1,500 spending money! You’ll start your journey in style at the brand new Qantas London Lounge before experiencing our renowned warm Australian hospitality as soon as you step onboard. To enter, just complete three modules on the new Qantas Learning Hub, and make an eligible Qantas booking by 31 January 2018. The more bookings you make, the more chance you have to win! There’s more! We’ll send you a £10 Love2Shop gift card just to say thanks for registering and completing a minimum of three Qantas Learning Hub modules. Start learning now at learninghub.qantas.com See full terms and conditions at qantas.co.uk/agents
Philippines is a top destination for those seeking a sailing adventure in 2018.
Philippines is a top destination for those seeking a sailing adventure in 2018. A chance to hoist the main sail and set out to sea on an adventure designed to turn landlubbers into salty seadogs, this trip involves sailing a skippered “paraw” trimaran around uninhabited islands near Borocay in the Philippines. Intrepid travelers are given daily challenges to complete, with the aim of learning seagoing skills and meeting local people. This jaunt is the ultimate sailing trip for non-sailors. Prices start from $1,840 per person, flights not included, with Large Minority. April 21-29, 2018 Source
Meet Diethelm Travel Group at ITB Berlin at Booth 229 in Hall 29B
Meet Diethelm Travel Group at ITB Berlin at Booth 229 in Hall 29B The time has come yet again to start planning for ITB Berlin 2018 from 7 – 11 March. This year we’ve expanded our booth (Booth 229 in Hall 26B) to better accommodate your visit with Diethelm Travel Group’s directors from across Asia. As the only travel company with its own comprehensive network of locations throughout Southeast Asia, we’re eager to share information with you about our leading quality standards, unique Journeys of a Lifetime and 2018 offerings. Diethelm Travel team members in Berlin: Stephan Roemer Chief Executive Officer Email: Stephan.Roemer@diethelmtravel.com Manfred Kurz Managing Director, Diethelm Travel Malaysia Email: Manfred.K@my.diethelmtravel.com Jeff Redl Managing Director, Diethelm Travel Vietnam Email: Jeff.R@vn.diethelmtravel.com Harith Perera Managing Director, Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka Email: Harith.P@lk.diethelmtravel.com Gregor Zajc General Manager, Diethelm Travel Philippines Email: Sales@ph.diethelmtravel.com Victor Mogilev Group Director of Sales, Diethelm Travel Group Email: Victor.M@diethelmtravel.com Contact us on the above list to book a private appointment, or email email@example.com for more information.
Benedict Allen at Destinations Travel Show with Papua New Guinea
Benedict Allen at Destinations Travel Show with Papua New Guinea The world admires and respects an explorer, so when Benedict Allen went missing in Papua New Guinea in November it caused quite a stir. There was of course no need for concern, Benedict is an experienced traveller and this was his third visit. While in his twenty’s he went to live with a remote tribe and joined the young men in their initiation into manhood ceremony. More recently, he was joined by Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent, who he helped fulfil a long- held dream to go to Papua New Guinea in search of the elusive Birds of Paradise. Benedict will be talking about his experiences at The Destinations travel show on the 01st February; his talk is entitled ‘Adventures in Paradise.’ For the first time, he will also touch on his most recent adventure, which gained international attention. Meet Team PNG, Stand AP63, Destinations Travel Show, Olympia
Win an unforgettable adventure filled Thai holiday of a lifetime
Win an unforgettable adventure filled Thai holiday of a lifetime Tourism Thailand, and our friends at Thai Airways, are offering you the chance to win a stunning, adventure-filled holiday to Thailand, that you will never forget. This amazing holiday for two will take you to the beautiful beaches of Khao Lak and get you up close to nature in Khao Sok National Park. This incredible opportunity includes two return economy tickets with Thai Airways to Phuket then on to enjoy three days at Elephant Hills, on their Jungle Lake Safari Tour, where your hotel room floats on the water! This is followed by five incredibly relaxing nights at two stunning Khao Lak hotels – the La Flora Resort & Spa and La Vela. A jungle adventure and relaxation on unspoilt Thailand beaches – what could be better? All you have to do to enter our competition, is complete the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme: training.tourismthailand.co.uk T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Closing date for entries 10.1.18.
Perfect for Diving: Papua New Guinea now features in Dive Magazines ‘Top Ten Best Dive Sites in the World.’
Perfect for Diving: Papua New Guinea now features in Dive Magazines ‘Top Ten Best Dive Sites in the World.’ In the U.K. it’s freezing cold and dark by 4.15. In Papua New Guinea the sun shines down on the clear blue waters. So perfect for diving, PNG now features in Dive Magazines ‘Top Ten Best Dive Sites in the World.’ Papua New Guinea offers a feast of activities. At Tufi Resort the Xmas program is full on fun with stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, diving fishing, canoeing the fjords and cultural tours. www.tufi resort.com Overlooking the magical Duke of York islands is Kokopo Beach Bungalows, with picture postcard views of the twin volcanoes of Tavurvur, visit and swim with the dolphins on route. www.kbb.com.pg For something completely different ‘Kabakon Survivor’ experience on Karawara Island. Here you will learn how to spearfish, then cook your catch to eat for your Christmas lunch. www.oceaniaexpeditions.com Lake Murray Lodge, only accessible by their private plane, nestled among trees and surrounded by fish and birds. www.pngtours.com www.papuanewguinea.travel
Macao Releases New Travel Guide
Macao Releases New Travel Guide The Macao Government Tourism Office has released a new 16-page glossy Macao Guide, for use by both consumers and travel trade, as a one stop tool for everything people need to know about the destination, only 40 miles from Hong Kong. With information ranging from what to do in Macao and how to get there, to essential details on the destination’s culture and a calendar of events, it’s a truly comprehensive tool for anyone interested in visiting or selling Macao. View here.
Dusit Thani Dubai has officially launched ‘The View’
Dusit Thani Dubai has officially launched ‘The View’ Dusit Thani Dubai has officially launched View. Dubai’s newest, and one of the most sophisticated al fresco soiree destinations serving an award winning fare against a backdrop of the city’s spectacular skyline that features the Burj Khalifa. Open from 4pm to 2am daily, View attracts a dynamic, eclectic crowd, from colleagues looking to catch up over sundowners, friends warming up before a big night out, to sophisticated couples and group of individuals who are fascinated by an ambience steeped in urban romance. Award-winning Australian import Jones the Grocer will treat diners to light eat including the Jones cheese, antipasto and charcuterie platter, to hearty favourites such as the truffle and mushroom risotto and the Jones wagyu burger. This stunning terrace space is well-worthy of its title as diners are treated to panoramic vistas and an eyeful of Downtown’s most iconic skyscrapers. A few minutes’ walk from the DIFC area and the nearest Metro station, View is also one of the few conveniently located restaurants in the heart of Dubai that is both licenced and offers shisha. Centrally-located, multi-awarded menu and Dusit’s renowned gracious hospitality, View has earned thumbs-ups from the city’s biggest […]
The Legian Bali is amongst the 15 top resorts in Asia, on the Conde Nast Traveller readers choice 2017
The Legian Bali is amongst the 15 top resorts in Asia, on the Conde Nast Traveller readers choice 2017 as voted for by the public Making another appearance on the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, The Legian Bali is proud to announce its place as part of the Top 15 Resorts in Asia 2017, as voted by the public. With only two other resorts in Bali making the Top 15 list, this award indicates an advancement and further recognition for The Legian Bali in the international resort scene. The Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards is a particularly high honor as travellers not only vote, but submit ratings and comments, sharing their positive experiences and personal views with the world. Due to this unique voting system, this great accolade signifies The Legian Bali’s continued achievement in hospitality excellence even after 20 years. And as such, The Legian Bali extends its sincerest gratitude to all those who have supported. Contact: Mirah Marhaendra, Public Relations Manager, The Legian Bali T (62) 361730622 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vietnamese Beach Resort, The Anam, Unveils ‘Spa Villa’ Package at its Two Residences Complete with Private Spas
Vietnamese Beach Resort, The Anam, Unveils ‘Spa Villa’ Package at its Two Residences Complete with Private Spas Spa Villa Guests will Enjoy Two Complimentary Treatments a Day in the Comfort of their Excusive Sanctuary October 2017…// Vietnam’s first five-star colonial beach resort, The Anam, which celebrated its grand opening in April 2017, is delighted to launch its innovative ‘Spa Villa’ concept. The Anam is home to two exclusive villas complete with their own spa quarters and as part of the new package, guests staying in these villas will now be able to enjoy one complimentary in-villa spa treatment per person per day as part of their stay. Guests checking in to The Anam’s one-bedroom Spa Villas will be spoilt with pampering in-room treatments on each day of their holiday, which can be selected from the adjoining Sri Mara Spa’s comprehensive menu. A 25% discount is available on any further treatments and packages booked throughout each stay. Enjoying a 400-square-metre hillside location within the grounds of the Sri Mara Spa, the two expansive villas each have their own state-of-the-art spa facilities for the utmost privacy. Each villa comes complete with couples’ massage tables, a sunken granite jacuzzi large enough for two, […]
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