PATA and WTTC Reaffirm Aligned Advocacy Agenda
Mr Martin J Craigs, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO and Mr David Scowsill, the President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), outlined next steps and a united agenda in advocacy for the total travel industry chain at a media briefing that took place January 24 at PATA head office.
Mr David Scowsill said that WTTC would be pleased to bring its Regional Summit to Thailand in 2015. He told the journalists that the "centre of gravity" for the travel and tourism industry, was still European, but that it was moving towards Asia, "which will be the new centre of gravity within 10 years or so", he said.
Scowsill said that the ASEAN region should move towards a Schengen type joint visa by 2015 and that it should be fully electronic, probably using a similar model that Australia currently uses.
The WTTC's annual Global Summit in Abu Dhabi in early April will be attended by over 800 industry and government leaders from around the world. Former President, Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker and PATA will be actively participating.
PATA and WTTC jointly organised the Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum during April 16-17, 2012 in Sendai as part of the WTTC Global Summit held in Japan last year.
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.