PATA Launches New Microsite for Knowledge Sharing and Resources on Sustainability

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BANGKOK & BERLIN, March 4, 2015 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today launched its new microsite, sustain.pata.org. The site, a new online tool for information on sustainable and socially responsible travel and tourism issues, is supported in part by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and by EarthCheck.

PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “Sustainability is an integral piece of the puzzle in our industry today. We are excited to announce that with the launch of the new site, the Association highlights and addresses that issue. Our aim is to have the site become the ‘go to’ resource for all things related to sustainable and socially responsible tourism.”

One of the most exciting features of the site is a suite of case studies from Sustainable Tourism Online, which has been made available for download on sustain.pata.org, courtesy of EarthCheck, which includes examples of more than 800 best practice initiatives. The case studies are the result of more than US$260 million worth of research from the Australian government. They focus on destinations and communities, business operations, and parks and culture, and the different processes of sustainable tourism development.

EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore noted that, “EarthCheck is excited about providing this ecotourism reference library for PATA members. The EarthCheck Research Institute, a not-for-profit company, will continue to refresh and update sustain.pata.org with case studies and procedural advice on how to take action.”

“This year EarthCheck will also work with PATA and APEC to launch our Leading Destinations of the World program. Where we will provide destinations with a one stop shop with everything they need for destination management, planning and product development,” added Moore.

Klaus Lengefeld, Leader of the Sector Project Sustainable Development through Tourism, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is highly appreciative of the efforts of PATA for mainstreaming sustainability into their different activities such as the PATA events, media and information, and other services. “Given the fact that there is no single website offering different types of information on sustainability in tourism for Asia-Pacific, this new and interactive offer will support the increasing efforts of the tourism sector not only in this dynamic growing region, but is also open for users around the world who will have access to well-selected information on the latest in tourism sustainability.”

The site also features quick and easy facts and figures, tips and tools, a curated library of recommended reading, as well as other resources such as a calendar of sustainable tourism conferences events around the world, a glossary, and facts and statistics. Future plans for the site include more blog posts, and increased opportunities to engage.

All materials submitted to sustain.pata.org are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To submit case studies or recommended reading for publication on the site, or for more information, please contact ssr@PATA.org.

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as 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 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, nearly 31 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 61 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 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, Dubai, and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

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Most of our work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries and public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include governments of other countries, European Union institutions, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We are equally committed to helping our clients in the private sector attain their goals.

About EarthCheck

EarthCheck is the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. Its flagship product, EarthCheck Certification, has helped clients in more than 70 countries realise over $500 million in operational savings while reducing their footprint on the environment.
EarthCheck believes smart business practice and sustainability go hand-in-hand. It focuses on productivity, profitability and performance as well as resource efficiency, eliminating waste and safeguarding the social and natural environment.

Media contact:

PATA
Paul Pruangkarn
Manager – Communications
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 658 2000
E-mail: Communications@PATA.org

GIZ
Email: presse@giz.de
Phone: +49 6196 79 4466
Fax: +49 6196 79 6169

EarthCheck
Tara Roberson
Communications – EarthCheck
Tel: +61 7 3238 1900
Mob: +61 404 516 635
E-mail: tara.roberson@earthcheck.org