DELHI: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has gathered a diverse and dynamic line up of speakers and panellists to share their insights and knowledge at the one-day conference that forms an integral element at this year’s PATA Annual Summit (PAS 2017), hosted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, taking place on May 18-21 at the Jetwing Blue hotel at Negombo.
Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit association, internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region, reports India Outbound.
The association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 101 government, state and city tourism bodies; 26 international airlines, airports and cruise lines; 70 educational institutions and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 40 local PATA chapters worldwide.
Influential tourism experts, innovators and international thought leaders are set to explore future travel and tourism trends at the Negombo summit. Under the theme ‘Disruption. Innovation. Transformation: The Future of Tourism’, the event will also feature a half-day UNWTO/PATA Ministerial Debate, where industry leaders and government representatives will discuss ‘The Shift to Recognised Sustainability Leadership’ and ‘The Sharing Economy in Travel and Tourism’.