BANGALORE, India, September 8, 2015 — PATA Travel Mart 2015 (PTM2015) officially opened in Bangalore, India on the evening of September 6, 2015, with the official PTM2015 Opening Ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The Mart, generously hosted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, has attracted over 1,000 delegates from 61 destinations.
The total number of delegates for PTM2015 includes 456 Sellers from 266 organisations and 28 destinations, along with 242 buyers from 233 organisations and 50 source markets.
The traditional lamp lighting and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the morning of Monday, September 7. The ceremony was conducted by Sri Ananth Kumar, Honourable Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of Karnataka; Srimati Umashree, Honourable Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Empowerment of the Differently abled and Senior Citizens & Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka; and Sri. R.V. Deshpande, Honourable Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries and Tourism, Government of Karnataka in the presence of PATA Chairman Kevin Murphy, PATA CEO Mario Hardy, members of the PATA Executive Board and many distinguished guests from India and overseas.
Addressing a media briefing at the Bangalore International Convention Center on Monday, September 7, Mr Murphy stated that, “Over the years the Mart’s continued success has been due to its ability to continue to add further value for our delegates and members, while striking the right balance between quality and quantity for our registered buyer and sellers.”
Mr Murphy also wished all delegates every success with their networking and contracting activities. He stressed the remarkable value of conducting business at PATA Travel Mart, noting that the annual event remains one of Asia Pacific’s most value adding and cost effective networking and contracting event.
The PATA Chairman also used the opportunity to thank Christ University in Bangalore for hosting the PATA Youth Symposium on Friday, September 4. The event, organised by the Association’s Human Capital Development team with the theme ‘Human Resources Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism’s Next Generation’, attracted over 200 young professionals.
Mr Murphy also praised Phocuswright, a strategic partner of PATA, for co-organising the PATA Technology Forum along with Connecting Travel on Sunday, September 6. The Technology Forum allowed delegates to gain the latest trends and insights into the travel and tourism industry.
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, 25 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 59 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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