PATA Announces the 2nd China Responsible Tourism Forum
With the theme of "Sustainable Innovation, Sustainable Travel, Sustainable Business," this year's Forum has been co-branded as the China-ASEAN Tourism Development Forum with the aim to bring together a range of sectors from China and ASEAN countries that play a direct and indirect role in delivering sustainable tourism and ecotourism. The occasion will provide delegates with an opportunity to debate new research and policies, emerging issues and factors influencing sustainability in the travel industry.
Mr Ma Mingqiang, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre, said: "China's relations with Southeast Asian countries have made tremendous progress over the past 20 years. Both sides are continuously strengthening bilateral friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. China and ASEAN member states are engaging fully on responsible tourism practices. We look forward to hearing the latest ideas and best responsible practises at the Forum."
During the Forum, the China Responsible Tourism Awards will be introduced. The awards will bring together leading players from across China and the globe to honour best practice in sustainability, ecotourism, cultural and heritage tourism, tourism in protected areas and climate change response.
Delegates will review current best practices and collectively take a forward perspective on the industry. National and international keynote speakers will provide the latest insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. There will be plenty of opportunities for delegates to participate in discussions.
PATA is also encouraging tourism players to vote for candidates in the PATA China Young Tourism Professionals Challenge 2012. The competition has a dedicated Youku page to reward innovative responsible tourism business ideas put forward by students in tourism. The ideas need to come from students in hospitality or culinary arts in higher learning institutions in China.
Please click and download the programme of the Forum and registration form. The Forum is open, free of charge, to delegates based in China (PRC). Delegates will be responsible for their own travel expenses and hotel accommodation.
For more information, visit http://www.pata.org/events/china-responsible-tourism-forum-2012-china-asean-tourism-development-forum
Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA"s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members" desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA"s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London.