PATA partners with GPF to empower young change leaders

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Participants at the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2018, organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

BANGKOK, June 21, 2018 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce an organisational partnership with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) in order to strengthen the bond and shared interests between the two organisations, particularly in the area of youth engagement.

Founded in 2009, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organisation, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding. The organisation convenes and implements development projects and conferences on grassroots peacebuilding, education, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership development. Its work alongside thousands of public and private sector partners delivers substantive outcomes in several global regions.

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “Our two organisations are aligned in our mission in working with both the public and private sectors in creating greater acceptance of each other as humans, regardless of our age, race, religion or nationality. For PATA, we continually emphasise the importance of the travel and tourism industry’s impact on countries, communities and people in creating cross-cultural understanding and empathy across borders. This partnership will help to enforce our commitment to youth engagement and to promote the idea that the industry is a meaningful driver for peace around the world.”

As one of the first activities of the partnership, PATA and GPF, with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), organised the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop in March earlier this year at the UN Building in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the theme ‘Setting the Stage for Peace’, the half-day workshop took place in conjunction with the Global Peace Youth Exchange Thailand 2018 and brought together university students and representatives from the travel and tourism industry to examine how the industry can help in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GPF Asia Pacific Regional Representative Mr. Jinsoo Kim stated, “Both organisations share the common belief that tourism plays a major role in peacebuilding. Moreover, peace and stability greatly impact the tourism industry. We are joined hand-in-hand working together towards sustainable peace and development. At the Global Peace Foundation, we are committed to developing collaborative strategies in the areas of education, youth leadership development, environmental sustainability, community-driven development, and conflict resolution through innovative response. Primarily, I am hopeful that we can work together to make great strides for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This is a key focus for GPF.” 

As both organisations recognise the importance of travel and tourism as a force for good in driving economic growth, creating jobs, improving social development and promoting peace, the partnership aims to highlight this message among young tourism professionals (YTPs) through empowering collaborations. 

As part of this mission, PATA will be participating at the Global Peace Convention 2019 on March 1, 2019, in Seoul, Korea (ROK). The event is being organised in conjunction with the One Korea Global Campaign, an effort to build international support for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and to bolster Korean-led civil society initiatives toward the realisation of unification. The campaign brings together global thought leaders and experts from governments and think tanks as well as leading geopolitical analysts, academics, non-profits, religious leaders, and figures from the world of music and culture, and aims to engage a broad base of civil society – especially youth – in support of a peaceful resolution.

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts 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 98 government, state and city tourism bodies, 19 international airlines and airports, 91 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism our 36 Chapters and 20 Student Chapters across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 20 PATA student chapters globally. The chapters and student chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and 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 and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

About Global Peace Foundation:

Founded in 2009, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God. GPF engages and organizes a global network of public and private sector partners who develop community, national and regional peacebuilding models as the foundation for ethical and cohesive societies.

At the Global Peace Foundation, we believe a shared future is within our reach, and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace. To find out more about our works, please visit www.globalpeace.org.