BANGKOK, May 4, 2015 — Within hours of the April 25, 2015 earthquake that killed and injured thousands of people and devastated much of Kathmandu’s tourism infrastructure, the PATA Foundation has made a commitment to assist the PATA Nepal Chapter in its tourism industry recovery efforts.
The PATA Foundation has established a Nepal Earthquake Tourism Recovery Fund to which the Foundation has contributed an initial amount of US$10,000. Admittedly, the available PATA Foundation funds represent only a small contribution to what is certain to be an extraordinary need in terms of money and technical assistance. Therefore, the PATA Foundation welcomes individuals and organisations to contribute additional money to this fund by making donations through the following link: http://www.patafoundation.org/?page_id=147.
Mr. Peter Semone, Chairman of PATA Foundation Board of Trustees, publicly pledged the Foundation’s assistance at the PATA Foundation Charity Gala Dinner on April 25th in Leshan, Sichuan, China. Over 300 delegates in attendance from over 30 countries expressed their condolences and wished for a speedy recovery as Nepal works to overcome this current state of crisis.
Mr Semone noted that, “Without question, we anticipate a great need for reconstruction of iconic heritage and culture sites as well as interventions to help people and organisations rebuild their tourism businesses. We thank the PATA community and beyond for their assistance in supporting the PATA Foundation to help make a difference to Nepal tourism in their moment of need.”
The PATA Foundation is awaiting further details on to how it intends to mobilise PATA Foundation money in the coming weeks and months, once the immediate humanitarian crisis response efforts have been completed.
About the PATA Foundation
The PATA Foundation is a natural extension of PATA’s dedication to the principles of conservation, which are part of the Association’s charter. When the concept of a charitable foundation was first proposed at the 33rd PATA Annual Conference in 1984, there was unanimous member approval. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable and responsible development of travel and tourism in Asia Pacific through the protection of the environment, the conservation of heritage and support for education. Visit www.PATAfoundation.org.
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. ThePATAmPOWER 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, London and New York. Visit www.PATA.org.
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