PATA Adventure Travel & Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart 2015 (AT&RTCM 2015)

OVERVIEW | PROGRAMME | SPEAKERS | VENUE | REGISTER | BROCHURE | ACCOMMODATIONTRANSFERAIRLINE | COMPLIMENTARY TOUR | PRE/POST TOUR CONTACTS | SPONSORS


February 4 – 6, 2015

Royal Banquet Hall

Thimphu, Bhutan 


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OVERVIEW  

Under the theme “Explore Beyond Tourism – Celebrate Happiness”, the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2015 (#ATRTCM2015) is a three-day NICHE event that brings together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss creating new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry.

The conference will take place in the Kingdom’s capital city of  Thimphu, located in the western Bhutan region. The capital is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the kingdom. The city  is home to spectacular landscapes, monasteries and sacred sites, including the famous Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, a variety of markets and the Buddha Dordenma Statue.

The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.

This year- 2015, Bhutan has declared the Visit Bhutan 2015 to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the 4th King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Colorful festival, events and activities held in different part of Bhutan will be arranged throughout the year

Come and join us in Bhutan for another memorable PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart.

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SPEAKERS

Dasho Karma Ura
Centre for Bhutan Studies
Keynote Address: Celebrate Happiness: Linking National Philosophy to Tourism

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Mandip Singh SoinMandip Singh Soin
Founder & Managing Director, Ibex Expeditions Pvt Ltd, India
Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors

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Willem NiemeijerWillem Niemeijer
Founder & CEO Khiri Travel Group
Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors
Public-Private Sector’s Successes and Challenges in Community Based Tourism: Balancing Financial Aspect and Sustainable Development

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Hai HoHai Ho
Founder, Triip.me
Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors

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mike bunderMike Beunder
CEO, WithLocals, Netherlands
Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors

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Alvin Tang
Sales Team Manager, Acquisition – APAC, TripAdvisor
Break Out I: Engaging with Today’s Millennial Traveller

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Ian OrdIan Ord
Founder and Creative Director, Where Sidewalks End Travel Inc
Break Out I: Engaging with Today’s Millennial Traveller

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simon-squareSimon Monk
Founder, World Nomads
Break Out I: Engaging with Today’s Millennial Traveller

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KellyTompkinsKelly Tompkins
Founder & CEO, Adventure Link
Breakout II: Adventure Tomorrow: Future Trends of Adventure Travel

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Adam KnightAdam Knight
Senior Business Manager, Lonely Planet, Australia
Breakout II: Adventure Tomorrow: Future Trends of Adventure Travel

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karma lotey 1Karma Lotey
CEO, Yangphel Adventure Travel, Vice President
SAARC-Chamber of Commerce & Industry for Bhutan
Breakout II: Adventure Tomorrow: Future Trends of Adventure Travel

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Andrew Jones
Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts
Impact Tourism

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Michael KweeMichael Kwee
Coordinating Director, Banyan Tree Global Foundation

Public-Private Sector’s Successes and Challenges in Community Based Tourism:
Balancing Financial Aspect and Sustainable Development

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Stewart Moore
Chief Executive Officer, EC3/ EarthCheck
Public-Private Sector’s Successes and Challenges in Community Based Tourism:
Balancing Financial Aspect and Sustainable Development

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Lam DorjiDr Lam Dorji
Executive Director, Royal Society for Protection (RSPN) of Nature, Bhutan
Public-Private Sector’s Successes and Challenges in Community Based Tourism:
Balancing Financial Aspect and Sustainable Development

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ford_cochranFord Cochran
Director of Programming, National Geographic Expeditions
Closing Address: Explore Beyond Tourism

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MODERATOR

Neil GeddesNeil Geddes
Founder, Loka Travel, Australia
Plenary Session 1: The Traditionalists vs The Disruptors
Breakout II: Adventure Tomorrow: Future Trends of Adventure Travel

Greg LoweGreg Lowe
Correspondent, TTG Asia, Thailand
Breakout I: Engaging with Today’s Millennial Traveller

RBasiuk
Robert Basiuk
Managing Director, Borneo Adventure
Public-Private Sector’s Successes and Challenges in Community Based Tourism:
Balancing Financial Aspect and Sustainable Development

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VENUE 

The Royal Banquet Hall situates at Langjuphaka, the northeastern district of Thimphu and is located on the eastern bank of the Wang Chu River.  The hall is decorated with unique Bhutanese architectural design and replicates exquisite Bhutanese architecture and has been venue for various wedding ceremonies, dinner receptions for delegates and numerous functions and conferences.

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Langjuphaka, Thimphu

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REGISTRATION

Thank you for your interest in joining us for the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2015 (AT&RTCM2015) in Thimphu, Bhutan. To register for this event, please complete one of the registration forms below which best suits your business needs.

If you are capable of sending significant adventurous tourists to the Asia Pacific Region, then you are the best fit to complete Buyer Registration Form.

If you provide Adventure Tour services in your country, these services can include hotel accommodation and all kinds of adventure activities, then you are best fit to complete Seller Registration Form. Please note that the booth allocation is on first come first serve basis with the limitation of 30 seller companies. Registered seller companies will be entitled to attend the Conference programme at FOC.

Last but not least, the Conference is designed for anyone and everyone working in the tourism industry across the world. If you are interested in listening to the tourism experts to discuss about “Explore Beyond Tourism – Celebrate Happiness” then you are best fit to complete this Conference Only Registration Form.

For Media interested in attending both the Conference and Mart, please complete the Media Registration Application form.

All registration forms above shall be submitted to ATRTCM@PATA.org together with the VISA Application Form for Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Complimentary Half Day Tour

Pre/Post Tour Arrangements

 

 

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TRANSFER

Airport Transfers:

Tourism Council of Bhutan with the support from official transporter – Yangphel Adventure Travel – will arrange the airport transfer for all registered delegates. To arrange your arrival and departure transfer from Paro International Airport to Thimphu official hotels (about 1 hour), please email to Mr. Phuntsho Gyeltshen at phuntsho_gyeltshen@tourism.gov.bt with flight details and official hotel name and address.

 

Daily Transfers:

PATA encourages all delegates to take the official transfers from the AT&RTCM2015 official hotels to the Royal Banquet Hall and all evening functions. Tourism Council of Bhutan and Yangphel Adventure Travel, will set up the hospitality desk at the Royal Banquet Hall which you will be able to check with them on transfer schedule.

*Please note: Transfer service is provided for delegates who stay at the AT&RTCM official hotels only. 

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SPONSORS

Hosted by

Visit Bhutan

Official Carriers

Drukair Logo 

Event Supporter

abto

Official Transporter

Official Coffee break sponsor during February 5-6:

Taj Tashi Thimphu

Taj Tashi Bhutan Logo

Host Organisations for:

Welcome dinner reception on February 4:

Tourism Council of Bhutan

Visit Bhutan

Delegate Luncheon on February 5:

Hotel Kisa

Kisa Hotel

Delegate Dinner on February 5:

Tourism Council of Bhutan and Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality, Motithang 

Visit Bhutan 

Delegate Luncheon on February 6:

Hotel Druk

Delegate Dinner on February 6:

Le Méridien Thimphu

Breakfast Sponsor for the Complimentary Tour on Feb 7:

Dream Adventure Travel

Supporting Media Partner

 

 

 


 

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