PATA launches Young Tourism Professional student membership category

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BANGKOK, February 7, 2017 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is now introducing a membership category for students as part of the Association’s pledge to support Young Tourism Professionals (YTPs). Students aged 18-35 years enrolled at a certified educational institution may apply to become a member of the Association.

Through participation at PATA events, training and activities, this new membership category provides YTP student members with the opportunity to connect to PATA’s broad industry network that includes National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), Destination Management Offices (DMOs), online and offline influencers, airlines, tour operators, industry start-ups and hotels.

“As we embrace 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development the development of Young Tourism Professionals is our primary focus. This new membership category strengthens our commitment to raise the voices of tomorrow’s tourism leaders,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “I encourage all students looking to grow their respective networks, insights and careers to join us and work with us to develop a more responsible and sustainable travel and tourism industry within the Asia Pacific region and beyond.”

The PATA YTP student membership category was developed in consultation with current and previous intern associates as well as the PATA Student Chapters. The benefits are tailored to meet the needs of today’s students in a fast changing industry environment and include: 

  • 25% discount off student rate for all PATA annual events
  • 25% discount on PATAcademy-HCD training programmes*
  • Individual access to co-working space at PATA Headquarters (Bangkok, Thailand)**
  • Priority consideration as a speaker at PATA YTP events
  • Complimentary access to selected PATA YTP-related events such as the Youth Symposium
  • Eligible for scholarships from PATA and partners
  • Participation as an observer in various PATA committee meetings
  • YTP student membership ID (digital certificate)
  • Priority consideration for PATA Intern and Associate Programme
  • Complimentary PATA reports and publications – Visitor Economy Bulletin (monthly), Issues & Trends (bi-annually) and other selected reports

* Rates differ according to whether the YTP student member’s current enrolling educational institution is a PATA International Member/Non-member/Chapter Member.

 ** Limited availability.

 Future plans for the new PATA YTP student membership programme will include access to the PATA Careers page to publish a résumé and seek job opportunities from PATA International members; and the opportunity to participate in a new PATA Mentorship Programme.

For more information about YTP student membership, please visit or email [email protected].

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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 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. 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 ACICLIAIATA, ICAOWEFUNWTO 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 and London.