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PATA reports Another record year for foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific in 2017

With a cumulative count of 636 million foreign arrivals into the region in 2017, Asia Pacific sets a new record - according to a report released today by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).Covering 47 destinations across the region with eight in the Americas, 15 in the Pacific and 24 across Asia, the PATA Annual Tourism Monitor 2018 Early Edition reviews foreign arrivals over the past five years in an effort to quantify the changing trends and patterns of international travel across the Asia Pacific region.

PATA elects new executive board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Chris Bottrill, Director, International and Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada as Chairman of the Association's Executive Board.

What Happens After Something Happens?

By Marianne Varkiani - Social Media & Communications Specialist at GBTA

The coordination of response and recovery efforts is one of the most complex situations an organization can face and reiterates the critical importance of being prepared and having a plan in place. GBTA Risk Committee Chair Erin Wilk was recently joined by iJET International's George Taylor and Carnival Corporation & plc's Nina Markowitz, two industry leaders who were involved in response and evacuation efforts during the recent hurricanes.

Her future will be tougher than my past

By Carson Booth - CEO of Berlin-based SnapShot GmbH

We humans have always dealt with new technologies, and for the most part, we have welcomed them because they have made our lives easier, better, longer, healthier, more enjoyable.... But 17 years into 21st century, the sheer pace of technological change is absolutely dizzying - and only likely to accelerate even more, causing disruptions and upheavals in every part of our lives.

Personal data, privacy and identity

By Alvaro Hidalgo - Managing Director, FIRST LOGIC Consulting - Chair HFTP's GDPR Task Force

The collection of personal data is inherent to the hotel industry; it is what allows us to tailor guest experiences, market our hotels effectively, and foster long-term loyalty. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force soon, and it has the potential of turning all of this, and more, on its head.