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
Indochina Roadshow London – 2nd October 2018
Want to learn more about Indochina? Look no further than our Indochina Roadshow event.
The Big Quiz Manchester – 16th October 2018
Join PATA UK for our boldest quiz format yet! The Big Quiz has it all – big suppliers, big prizes, big technology and big fun. Don’t miss out!
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.
The Big Quiz London – 4th December 2018
Join PATA UK for our boldest quiz format yet! The Big Quiz has it all – big suppliers, big prizes, big technology and big fun. Don’t miss out!
Christmas Lunch 2018 – 13th December 2018
Celebrate the festive season with friends and industry colleagues!
Reading Quiz Night – 26th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Reading, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Bristol Quiz Night – 27th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Bristol, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
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.
Dusit International set to unveil latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang
Dusit International set to unveil latest dusitD2 in Ao Nang Dusit International, Thailand’s global hospitality company, has signed a management agreement with Vogue Pranang Bay Resort Co., Ltd. to operate dusitD2 Ao Nang, slated to open at the end of this year. The hotel will be the second Dusit property in the popular resort area of Krabi. Located 25 kilometres from Krabi International Airport, the new dusitD2 Ao Nang is tucked away amidst lush jungle greenery on a hillside in downtown Ao Nang, yet within walking distance to the beach, providing convenient access to all of Krabi’s main attractions. The downtown location of dusitD2 Ao Nang will also enable guests to be within walking distance to nearby facilities such as supermarkets and convenience stores as well as cafés and fast-food outlets. DusitD2 Ao Nang comprises 173 modern guest rooms and suites with a choice of sea, mountain or pool views. The hotel offers all amenities for a fun and comfortable getaway, including an indoor and outdoor all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, an outdoor swimming pool with a separate kids’ pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and a 200-square-metre ballroom. For families travelling with children, dusitD2 Ao Nang also features an […]
The Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme has been nominated for 2 awards
The Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme has been nominated for 2 awards: The Selling Travel Agent Choice Awards and the Travel Bulletin Star Awards! Don’t forget to vote for us! The Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme has won Best Online Training Programme at the Selling Travel Agent Choice Awards 2 years in a row. It has everything you need to become a Thailand expert. Learn more about Thailand’s stunning beaches and islands, the cultural haven of the North, local tourism, and the wonders of Bangkok by completing this easy to navigate 2 hour course. If you are planning your own holiday, we also offer special rates for travel agents. Go to thailandexpert.co.uk to learn more! This month only, we are offering 1 lucky winner a £150 Love2shop voucher for completing the course. For your chance to win, complete your training now! *Competition closes 30 September, must work in the Travel Industry and sell Thailand*
Philippine Airlines and PDOT London host Northern-based agents in Manchester
Philippine Airlines and PDOT London host Northern-based agents in Manchester Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Philippine Department of Tourism London (PDOT) hosted over 80 travel agents from the leisure and corporate sectors at an evening event in Manchester on 8th August. Held at the iconic city centre Manchester Art Gallery, PAL and PDOT, in conjunction with the Tourism Promotions Board presented agents with updates on their respective activities in the UK market. Tourism growth from the UK to the Philippines has grown year on year, with British arrivals to the Southeast Asian island nation up by 9% so far in 2018. Boracay Island will reopen at the end of October after a six-month rehabilitation programme. Palawan and other Philippine islands have meanwhile experienced a surge in growth. Philippine Airlines flights between London and Manila will get a major boost with the introduction of the Airbus A350-900 from October. Its all-new design utilizes the latest technology including a quieter cabin with up to four times less noise. Full flat beds in Business Class, an all-new Premium Economy Class, mood lighting plus temperature and humidity controls to reduce jet-lag make for the most comfortable passenger experience to date. David Cochrane, Country Manager […]
Surfing PNG Papua New Guinea is a surfer’s paradise. The country’s climate offers ideal surfing from October to April and thousands of miles of coastline just waiting to be explored – not to mention breath taking scenery and pristine atolls. On the southern side of PNG, just 10 minutes from the capital, Port Moresby, is Sero Board Riders Club (Taurama Point) where the main barrier reef stretches along the southern seaboard all the way to Milne Bay Province. In the Western Highlands, near Madang, The Turpira Surf Club has access to up to seven uncrowded breaks and Ulingan Bay is one of the most consistent swell magnets in Papua New Guinea. In addition discover Bougainville Island and the Gazelle Peninsula, East New Britain. To ensure the sustainable development of surf tourism in PNG there is a management plan in place allowing only a maximum of 20 surfers in the water at any one time, so surfers are guaranteed to have a wave to themselves. For more information visit: www.papuanewguinea.travel www.sapng.com
Western Australia set for a bumper wildflower season
Western Australia set for a bumper wildflower season There’s never been a better time for travellers to plan a springtime wildflower holiday to WA, with recent rainfall indicating a bumper wildflower season in parts of the State. WA’s wildflower season is the largest flower show on Earth and a true spectacle of colour. With more than 12,000 species, more than 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else in the world, they colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback. The six-month flowering season begins in the north in June on the vast outback plains of the Pilbara, Goldfields and Coral Coast where vibrant blooms contrast with pindan earth, rugged canyons and turquoise sea. By September, it will move south and reach Perth’s botanical gardens, nature reserves and national parks, finishing with a flurry in October and November throughout the forests and coastal heaths of the South West. For more information click here.
Bangkok Airways wins “World’s Best Regional Airline” and “Best Regional Airline in Asia” at Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018
Bangkok Airways wins “World’s Best Regional Airline” and “Best Regional Airline in Asia” at Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018. Mr.Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways said “It is a very special year for Bangkok Airways as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the airline has been awarded by Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018 as winners for “World’s Best Regional Airline” for the fourth time and “Best Regional Airline in Asia” for the eighth time. For more information visit: www.bangkokair.com
8 Unique Things to do in India with ICS Travel
8 Unique Things to do in India with ICS Travel India is the land of the unexpected, full of incredible and unique experiences. With rich cultures, ancient traditions, mind-blowing cuisine and magnificent landscapes, you can be guaranteed a whirlwind of a ride. Here are a few suggestions to embrace the diversity and colours of India: https://icstravelgroup.com/8-unique-things-to-do-in-india/
PATA UK & Ireland Partners with Small Steps Charity
PATA UK & Ireland Partners with Small Steps Charity At the 2017 PATA UK & Ireland annual Christmas Lunch we partnered with Small Steps Projects to raise money for the Takhmao Project. The money raised helped Small Steps to build their first hygiene and sanitation station in Takhmao, Cambodia; which not only improved access to showers and toilets for locals in the region, but it also reduced sickness. PATA were able to create more steps for the charity by raising the profile of Small Steps Projects, enabling them to raise funds through Big Give to create another hygiene station in Laos, with a new Ugandan project in the pipeline. A hygiene and sanitation station is a safe place where children can wash and go to the toilet, with support from staff on hygiene. When Small Steps develop the stations, they can make them larger and more accessible to the families of these children, so that mothers can also wash and learn more about hygiene and sanitation themselves and take that home with them. Small Steps also provide materials they need to stay clean: tooth paste, soap, shampoo, washing powder, support with periods. Not only does all this affect their health […]
The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest Will Light up the Night Sky in September and October
The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest Will Light up the Night Sky in September and October The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest will light up the night sky of Macao on 1st, 8th, 15th and 24th September and 1st October. This year’s contest, taking place at the sea area in front of the Macau Tower, will see ten globally-acclaimed pyrotechnic companies from all over the world competing to produce colourful displays choreographed with music. Discover more information here
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Introduces Upgrade from Bed & Breakfast to Full Board
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Introduces Upgrade from Bed & Breakfast to Full Board Offer includes upgrade from Bed & Breakfast to Full Board and other value-added benefits; book until 31 August 2018, travel up to 30 September 2019 For more information please visit: https://www.outrigger.com
Win a place on the Hong Kong Specialist Club Incentive trip!
Win a place on the Hong Kong Specialist Club Incentive trip! The Hong Kong Tourism Board is once again rewarding agents who join the Hong Kong Specialist Club with a chance to win a place on an incentive trip to Hong Kong. To become a member of the Club, complete the three modules of the Hong Kong Specialist programme – an online training programme designed to help travel trade and tourism-related industry professionals broaden their knowledge of this extraordinary destination. Course topics cover Hong Kong’s history, culture, attractions, festivals, events, and much more. Complete all three modules by 31st August 2018 for a chance to win a place on the Hong Kong Specialist Club Incentive trip, taking place in October this year. For those that complete one module from the Hong Kong Specialist programme by 31st August 2018, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will also send some exclusive HKTB merchandise. Other benefits include exclusive travel vouchers for your own Hong Kong trip, including a DukLing Harbour Cruise, a Hong Kong TramOramic Tour and much more! For more information, please visit: www.specialisthk.com/uk. *Applicants must be registered travel agents in the UK.
Spectacular Fire Dance in Papua New Guinea
Spectacular Fire Dance in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is a beautiful charismatic country – a place for visitors to enjoy unique experiences. Perhaps the most spectacular of all is “The Baining Fire Dance”, held near Rabaul, East New Britain and a short flight from the capital Port Moresby. The iconic dance – performed only by men, commemorates various special events; the birth of new children in the village, the coming of age for young men entering adulthood, remembering relatives who have passed away. The dance begins after a massive bonfire is lit and the performers, wearing elaborate painted masks, dance through the flames accompanied by the rhythmic beat of bamboo poles. The villagers will not divulge why they do not get burnt; they continue until the fire totally fades. Visitors to Rabaul shouldn’t miss the impressive volcano and hot springs at Mount Tavurvur and additionally can enjoy a variety of water sports. See www.papuanewguinea.travel
Learn The Art of Japanese Batto Fighting with Destination Asia
Learn The Art of Japanese Batto Fighting with Destination Asia It’s hard to think of Japan without also remembering the samurai, feudal warriors who have become synonymous with the art of Japanese sword fighting. Of course, these days it’s hard to find anybody wielding a sword, let alone a true samurai, but fortunately Destination Asia Japan can introduce your clients to “batto”, a ritualized form of sword fighting rooted in samurai traditions. Under the watch of a knowledgeable master, guests will first practice the correct stance and cutting techniques with a dummy sword to get a feel for its weight and movement through the air. The master then demonstrates how to cut a rolled tatami mat using a real curved “katana” blade. Then it is the guests turn to show their prowess with a real sword! They too can experience cutting through a rolled tatami mat before being treated to a ritualized swordfight demonstration by the master and his apprentice. Finally, learn how the master looks after and maintains the delicate blade of the katana.
Diethelm Travel Thailand Supports Thai Arts
Diethelm Travel Thailand Supports Thai Arts As the main sponsor, Diethelm Travel Thailand was invited as a special guest for the “Honour of Thai Film” award ceremony. The royal accolade is greatly respected within Thailand with recipients going on to receive the award directly from the King in his palace. Diethelm Travel Thailand supports tree planting in Phitsanulok At this event in Phitsanulok, Diethelm Travel Thailand was proud to sponsor the drinking water station that kept the day’s many volunteers hydrated. 4 Hidden Gems Just Outside of Bangkok Though a vibrant city – with shopping, dining and nightlife offerings which rival any cosmopolitan destination – Bangkok also has a quieter side.
Introducing Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Koh Samui
Introducing Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Koh Samui Silavadee is an exclusive paradise on one of the world’s busiest islands – nestling high amongst limestone rocks between Chaweng and Lamai beaches, it feels a world apart. Designed in sympathy with its spectacular setting, the hotel is a collection of rooms and villas built from all-natural materials and surrounded by lush palms and the sparkling sea. Dark teak and light cedar wood blend with bamboo and local textiles throughout. Flowing water is a repeated feature, from the fountain at reception to the spa’s wall of water and burbling troughs. Tranquility and relaxation take over from the moment of arrival, and a range of enticing treatments are on offer in the spa for a touch of bliss. Float away in one of the 2 infinity pools and take in the breathtaking views over the azure Gulf of Thailand, or revel in the solitude of the sandy beach. Then linger over delightful food at The Height restaurant or Sun Moon Star (a terrace, a restaurant and a rooftop bar), where Thai specialties and European classics are delivered with equal aplomb. Silavadee goes beyond the expected to create bespoke experiences crafted especially for you. One […]
SIA Named ‘Worlds Best Airline’ in 2018 SkyTrax Awards
SIA Named ‘Worlds Best Airline’ in 2018 SkyTrax Awards Singapore Airlines has been named this year’s ‘World’s Best Airline’ in Skytrax’s World Airline Awards. SIA also took the top spot in the ‘World’s Best First Class’, ‘Best Airline in Asia’ and ‘Best First Class Airline Seat’ categories in the 2018 rankings. This is the fourth time SIA has been named ‘World’s Best Airline’. The awards are based on surveys of more than 20 million travellers, who rated more than 335 airlines between August 2017 and May 2018. “Singapore Airlines is honoured to be named ‘World’s Best Airline’ in the Skytrax awards, and I dedicate it to the 26,000 SIA Group employees who focus every day on delivering the world’s best travel experience to our customers,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong, who accepted the top award at a ceremony in London today. “The World Airline Awards are based on direct feedback from customers, who we know have more airlines to choose from in this highly competitive global environment. The recognition will further motivate us to improve upon the three main pillars of our brand promise – product leadership, service excellence and network connectivity – to ensure we retain our […]
Celebrate the festive season at The Sanchaya, Bintan
Celebrate the festive season at The Sanchaya, Bintan The most stylish resort on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, The Sanchaya has unveiled an extravagant program of Christmas activities to see 2018 out with a bang. Located just 50 minutes away from Singapore, the beachfront resort boasts colonial-inspired design features and a stately home atmosphere, complete with breath taking views across the crystal clear ocean. The Sanchaya’s calendar of Christmas and New Year events officially kicks off on 21st December delighting guests throughout the festive season. In addition to the extravagant program of events, The Sanchaya will be offering special spa packages from 18th December. For more information please contact email@example.com or visit www.thesanchaya.com
QT Hotel opening in Perth, Western Australia
QT Hotel opening in Perth, Western Australia Due to open on August 1, QT Perth will deliver an exciting new hospitality precinct in the heart of the CBD. As the hotel brand’s first property in WA, it’s set to showcase the best of QT’s signature service and design. The 18-storey hotel boasts 184 luxurious guest rooms, a signature Italian inspired bar and grill restaurant concept, a stunning rooftop bar (the highest in Perth offering spectacular views of the Swan River), café and seven conference rooms. Located right on the doorstep of Murray Street Mall in the city, it takes less than a minute to walk to Perth’s shopping hub. For more information please visit: https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/perth/
Journey Beyond with Great Southern Rail, 2019/20 dates now on sale
Journey Beyond with Great Southern Rail, 2019/20 dates now on sale The 2019/20 season, on sale from Monday 16 July, marks a new era for Australian rail holidays, unlocking the breadth and diversity of the continent’s most remarkable experiences. In 21 carefully curated itineraries, guests can explore beyond the tracks combining their rail adventure with other unforgettable Australian experiences including swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, flying over Lake Eyre, admiring Kakadu’s waterfalls and wining and dining on Kangaroo Island. Step off The Ghan and get lost in ancient storytelling in the Red Centre or enjoy a luxurious stay at Wolgan Valley having travelled on the Indian Pacific. Alternatively, navigate the Australian coastline on a cruise ship or float over Alice Springs in a hot air balloon – our new holidays take you across sea, skies and land to celebrate Australia’s awe-inspiring diversity. The 2019/20 holidays collection is fully integrated and available for all budgets, featuring overnight stays through to 21-night expeditions. While holidays deliver the scope to explore more of what Australia has to offer, our epic transcontinental rail journeys are also available to book independently. Celebrating The Ghan’s 90th anniversary and the Indian Pacific’s 50th anniversary during the 2019/20 season, these […]
The Great Aussie Youth Crown Could be Yours!
The Great Aussie Youth Crown Could be Yours! Tourism Australia is hosting two new and exciting agent training events as part of the Great Aussie Youth Quiz – aimed at youth travel sellers. On the night you’ll have the chance to test your knowledge of Australia and its youth product offerings, and also get to network with 19 Australian youth operators. Which team of travel agents will be crowned Great Aussie Youth champions and who is going to win return tickets to Australia courtesy of Emirates Airline? Be part of it to find out! When: 24 September 2018 – Manchester: Victoria Warehouse 25 September 2018 – London: The Steelyard Time: 6-10pm Food and drink will be provided each evening. Register now to avoid disappointment. Join as a team or individually. For more information, visit aussiespecialist.com.
Dusit Thani’s Benjarong restaurant receives a global award from the Thai Government
Dusit Thani’s Benjarong restaurant receives a global award from the Thai Government Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi takes great pride in announcing that its Benjarong restaurant has received a global recognition. The city’s favourite Thai restaurant has been accorded the seal of approval for inclusion in the esteemed “Thai Select” premium program. The prestigious certification is issued by the Royal Thai Government and Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce to certify and promote authentic Thai cuisine outside Thailand. It is a seal of approval granted to Thai restaurants overseas that serve authentic Thai food. The objective is to increase the recognition of Thai restaurants in pursuit of raising their quality while maintaining authenticity at an international level. On this moment of pride, Mr. Desmond Hatton, General Manager, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi said “We are immensely thrilled to have received this international recognition for our Benjarong restaurant. Definitely, it fortifies the positioning of our Thai restaurant in Abu Dhabi and beyond in the GCC region. I would like to congratulate each and every team member of Benjarong team for this milestone achievement. Dusit’s signature award-winning Thai restaurant, Benjarong, serves authentic Thai cuisine in a unique space that fuses contemporary […]
Qantas and Air New Zealand announce codeshare deal to make travel easier
Qantas and Air New Zealand announce codeshare deal to make travel easier Air New Zealand and Qantas have today announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier. Under the codeshare Qantas intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network. Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall. Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the two national carriers had a lot of shared history as well as a shared goal of making travel easier. “Our relationship with Air New Zealand goes back almost 80 years. We’ve been partners at various stages over that time and we have a lot of respect for them as a competitor. “A codeshare deal on […]
Diethelm Travel Group Expands its Reach with New Partner Representatives
Diethelm Travel Group Expands its Reach with New Partner Representatives Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, today announced partnering with two companies in France and Turkey which will serve as Diethelm Travel representatives in the respective markets. France-based mN’Organisation will be responsible for supporting the French-speaking markets across France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Clients can now contact representatives Murielle Nouchy and Camille Champenois via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. With a long, intermingled history, Southeast Asia remains a popular region for French market travellers. Today, with increasingly convenient flight connections and Diethelm Travel’s 13 country destinations across the region, Diethelm Travel Group is uniquely positioned to provide guests with a variety of exclusive tours and multi-country journey combinations through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines and beyond. The company also has plans to further enhance its French-language capacity within operation and reservations levels to even better connect with and serve this crucial market. In Turkey, Opus Travel has been named the new Diethelm Travel Group representative. The relationship marks a move into the region which holds a number of high-value accounts and MICE opportunities. Oya Mumcuoglu, owner of Opus Travel and Diethelm Travel’s direct contact, can now be reached at email@example.com. The […]
The Morpheus Hotel in Macao now open
The Morpheus Hotel in Macao now open Morpheus, a new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macao, opened on 15 June. Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid it is the world’s first high-rise building supported by a free-form exoskeleton steel structure, and offers 772 guest rooms, suites and villas and a gravity-defying pool on level 40, 130-metres above ground.
Singapore Airlines joins PATA UK & Ireland
Singapore Airlines joins PATA UK & Ireland We are delighted to announce that for the first time, Singapore Airlines have joined the PATA UK & Ireland Chapter, and will be joining a number of our events this year including Taste of PATA and PATA Exchange. A premium full service carrier and the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines is one of the best options for UK travellers flying to the Asia-Pacific region. The airline is known for its superior yet friendly inflight service, providing customers with a home in the sky each time they fly. With its hub being the multi-award-winning Changi Airport, flight sector lengths are optimised for UK travellers getting rest on connecting flights to their final destination. This region is the airline’s heartland, with Singapore Airlines and its partner airlines, SilkAir and Scoot, currently operating a network spanning 138 destinations in 37 countries; many of which are Asia-Pacific destinations. For more information please visit www.singaporeair.com
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