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
Reading Quiz Night – 27th 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.
South Pacific NTO Briefing & South Pacific Roadshow – London
Our South Pacific NTO briefing gives the region’s tourist boards an opportunity to update the travel trade on their visitor arrivals, marketing strategy, headline news and partnership opportunities. The NTO Briefing is aimed more at buyer, product managers and decision makers. The Roadshow however, is open to front line sales staff too.
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.
Bournemouth Quiz Night – 4th 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.
Brighton Quiz Night – 5th July 2018
Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Birghton, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
The Big Quiz Manchester – 22nd 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!
Indochina Roadshow – London
Our Roadshow events are region specific, in this case Indochina, giving agents and operators a chance to learn about products from a specific region of the PATA area.
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 – 26th November 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!
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.
Happy Birthday to the Brando – Luxury Resort in the French Polynesia
Happy Birthday to the Brando – Luxury Resort in the French Polynesia During the month of July, The Brando will celebrate its 4th birthday, Independence Day, and Bastille Day! Three good reasons to extend the “Fly Free” promotion to 31st July 2018. The July celebrations promotion is valid for new reservations only, booked for stays between now and 31st July 2018, and is non-retroactive. With a minimum stay of 3 nights on Tetiaroa, The Brando will offer complimentary round-trip transportation on board Air Tetiaroa between Tahiti and Tetiaroa (for up to 2 persons per room). For more details please visit www.thebrando.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a taste of Kamalaya’s retreat at Lime Wood’s Herb House Spa
Get a taste of Kamalaya’s retreat at Lime Wood’s Herb House Spa 20th – 22nd May 2018 & 23rd – 25th May 2018 Kamalaya, Koh Samui in Thailand will be collaborating with Lime Wood’s Herb House Spa, one of the UK’s most desirable wellness destinations, in May this year. Kamalaya founders Karina and John Stewart, some of the resort’s top therapists and mentors, as well Kamalaya’s culinary director Kai Mueller will take up a residency at the spa tucked away in the New Forest National Park for a series of 3-day/2-night wellness retreats. Located one and a half hour’s drive outside of London, this is a wonderful opportunity for Europeans to get a taste of Kamalaya closer to home and to experience a collaboration between two of the world’s most desirable wellness destinations. For more details please visit https://www.kamalaya.com/retreats-thailand/taste-of-kamalaya.html or contact email@example.com
Route buildup is strategic goal as PAL aims for 5-star global rating.
Route buildup is strategic goal as PAL aims for 5-star global rating. PAL will further boost its operations at its hubs in Davao, Cebu and Clark, with the scheduled arrival of 15 new aircraft within 2018, and another six (6) aircraft in 2019. Now an internationally-certified 4-Star airline, PAL announced a multi-hub expansion strategy that aims to improve domestic and international connections, while spreading the benefits of tourism and commercial activity to the various regions in Mindanao, the Visayas and Luzon. New routes and hikes in flight frequencies are being introduced as the flag carrier accepts delivery of five (5) additional Next-Generation Bombardier Q400s and six (6) new Airbus A321neos starting in May 2018, along with four Airbus A350-900 trans-oceanic aircraft starting in June 2018. “We are no longer just a Manila-centric airline,” said PAL President & and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Jaime J. Bautista during a recent press briefing at Davao City for Davao, Cebu, Clark and Manila media. “Our new aircraft and our new hubs are a winning combination that will help expand our market reach both domestically and worldwide. This is imperative for a global airline, and we must sustain and build on our hard-won 4-Star rating.” […]
Diethelm Discovery Issue 4 now available
Diethelm Discovery Issue 4 now available Diethelm Travel Group’s Magazine Features New 2018 Products, Services and Experiences Just in Time for WTM Latin America. The complimentary magazine is specially designed to support Diethelm Travel’s agents and partners with exclusive content covering: What’s new at Diethelm Travel, including the company’s enhanced customer journey practices, upgraded transfer services and 24/7 concierge hotlines Unique multi-country itineraries Cycling excursions in Myanmar and Borneo How to ‘Go Local’ in Cambodia Where to find luxury experiences in Myanmar and Singapore Why the Phillippines is an up-and-coming MICE destination One-of-a-kind tours, such as exploring Vietnam’s mountainous northwest during the picturesque harvest season click here to access and download the digital version Diethelm Travel Group Launches Spanish Language Version of Website and More Sales Support New Functionality and Team Will Help Better Serve Key Spanish-Speaking Markets The content is available on the company’s existing website, www.diethelmtravel.com, with the new option to switch the language from English to Spanish. Additionally, the company announced hiring extra Spanish-speaking staff for its head sales and operations teams based in Bangkok. Specially designed to support clients from Spanish-speaking markets, encompassing Spanish and Latin American travellers, the website features all the functionality of Diethelm Travel’s existing […]
Study in North Korea with Juche Travel Services
Study in North Korea with Juche Travel Services From Sunday 15 July to Monday 6 August 2018 students from all over the world can study Korean language at Kim Hyong Jik University in North Korea. 3 hours daily intensive language Afternoon extra curricular activities and language lab Daily tourism activities in Pyongyang 3 weekend overnight tourism excursions to the north, south and east of the country Classes for total beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. This summer we are heading back to Kim Hyong Jik University in the DPRK – North Korea- for three weeks intensive Korean language study mixed with daily tourism activities around Pyongyang as well as overnight weekend excursions to the picturesque Myohyang Mountains, truce village of Panmunjeom and the DMZ, the historic city of Kaesong, and the eastern port city of Wonsan! This is a tour packed with adventure and new discoveries. Study alongside the locals and gain a unique day-to-day insight into life in the DPRK, not to mention being one of the first foreigners to live and study Korean language at Kim Hyong Jik University. Kim Hyong Jik University of Education (김형직사범대학) is known for being a top university in the DPRK, specialised in pedagogical […]
Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Turns Vegetarian To Honour Ancient Festival
Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Turns Vegetarian To Honour Ancient Festival Following a tradition that dates back centuries, residents of Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Island are preparing to make the yearly switch from beef balls and prawn dumplings to vegetarian spring rolls when the historic Cheung Chau Bun Festival returns from 19th to 23rd May 2018. Thousands of people will descend on Cheung Chau Island for the week-long festivities and, in order to keep the traditions of past alive, festival organisers encourage restaurants and visitors to stop serving and eating meat during the three days. The festival is celebrated on the tiny island of Cheung Chau where, in the late Qing dynasty, a plague devastated its residents, resulting in the islanders shunning meat as sacrifice to the god, Pak Tai. Other celebrations include Taoist ceremonies, an unforgettable parade, colourful lion dances, atmospheric drum playing and as night falls, and an exciting Bun Scrambling Competition – where brave competitors scramble up an enormous bamboo tower studded with imitation buns, collecting as many as they can in the hope they’ll be crowned the King or Queen of the competition. For more information on Hong Kong events please visit www.discoverhongkong.com
Bangkok Airways and Oman Air sign codeshare agreement
Bangkok Airways and Oman Air sign codeshare agreement Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (PG) and Oman Air (WY) signed a codeshare agreement, which will provide customers with an enhanced network to travel between Oman and cities in Thailand, commencing on 1st April, 2018. Under the agreement, Oman Air puts its “WY” designator code on Bangkok Airways flights, serving 8 routes on domestic. This includes roundtrip routes on Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Trat, Bangkok-Sukhothai and Bangkok-Samui. This new codeshare partnership offers passengers enhanced connectivity and seamless connections to well known destinations in Thailand. Moreover, Oman Air’s passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access and in-flight meal. For more information about Bangkok Airways, please visit www.bangkokair.com or tel: 01293 813961
Pedal and Paddle in Ben Tre – With ICS
Pedal and Paddle in Ben Tre – With ICS Immerse yourself fully in the local culture of the Mekong Delta with a day out to rustic Ben Tre. Escape to the sleepy picturesque province of Ben Tre. Cycle to the home of an antique and ceramic collector. Explore the shady streams and tributaries by rowing boat. To find out more – Please click here If you have any questions or for further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Qantas announces new Sydney international business lounge
Qantas announces new Sydney international business lounge The national carrier’s Sydney International Business Lounge will undergo a multimillion dollar rebuild, providing travellers with a completely new design, at least 30 per cent more seating and a new signature dining experience. This latest in a series of lounge upgrades was announced along with several other investments including new interiors for the QantasLink regional aircraft at its half year results today. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the lounge investment demonstrated the airline’s commitment to world class customer service and leading design. “Our Business lounge in Sydney is one of the most visited on the international network, so we look forward to upgrading the space with a completely new design and a lot more capacity,” said Mr Joyce. “Our customers have told us that ample space, privacy and ambience are what they value most in their lounge experience, so the overall design of the new lounge will be tailored with this in mind.” Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this calendar year and will be completed in stages to allow ongoing lounge access, targeting completion at the end of 2019. Features will include: Neil Perry designed dining concept; […]
Hong Kong Green Tourism Pilot Scheme
Hong Kong Green Tourism Pilot Scheme In view of the global trend and growing interest in green tourism, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has launched the brand new “Green Tourism Pilot Scheme” to support local trade tapping into this huge potential market. The Hong Kong Tourism Board’s new Green Tourism Pilot Scheme provides funding support for local travel agents to develop new green tour products, encouraging visitors to explore the enchanting landscapes of Hong Kong. After screening by the evaluation panel, five in-depth green tour products in different themes were selected. The tours target outdoor or hiking enthusiasts and interest groups, while also provide hassle-free options for families and mature groups with professional tour guides and transportation arranged. It is anticipated that the new products will help drive the sustainable growth of green tourism in Hong Kong. For more Hong Kong trade news please visit PartnerNet, now available with a live chat feature to connect travel agents directly with HKTB representatives. Operating hours 02:00-10:30 BST, Monday – Friday.
Macao takes the lead in Forbes Travel Guide 2018
Macao takes the lead in Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Macao is leading the way in luxury travel, with the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2018 awarding its hotels and restaurants more five-stars than any other city in the world. The prestigious travel guide, which uses incognito inspectors to rate and rank the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas, gave 12 hotels (Altira, Banyan Tree, Conrad, Encore, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, MGM, Nüwa, Star Tower, Wynn Macau, Wynn Palace and The Ritz-Carlton) and 12 restaurants in Macao the coveted top award. Visit Macao
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 email@example.com 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 Wellness Sanctuary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 in Macao, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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.
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