PTM Forums to feature leading speakers on tourism trends and insights at PATA Travel Mart 2019

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BANGKOK, August 27, 2019 — Leading speakers on tourism trends and insights are set to gather in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan for the PTM Forums taking place during PATA Travel Mart 2019 (PTM 2019) from September 18-20.

In addition to the two full days of over 10,000 pre-matched appointments between global sellers and qualified hosted international buyers, the event begins with two PTM Forums on Wednesday, September 18 that will explore the power of technology and the evolution of content marketing.

“As we strive to provide more value for our PTM delegates, the PTM Forums provide the perfect opportunity for participants to keep abreast of the latest trends and insights into the travel and tourism industry,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “I look forward to hearing from the dynamic line-up of speakers throughout the day and encourage all delegates and industry stakeholders to join us for what is sure to be an insightful programme.”

The Travolution Forum Asia, organised in partnership with Travel Weekly Group, kicks off the day and will explore the topics of ‘Corporate Innovation for Triple-Bottom Line Impact in the Asia Pacific Travel Industry’, ‘Facing the Outside World’, ‘Digital Solutions to Overtourism’, and ‘Practical Data Shaped by Consumer Behaviour’ and includes speakers from ADARA, ADB Ventures, Aviata, iFree Group, Plug and Play, Sojern, Tiqets, and Transperfect.com. Confirmed speakers include Ankur Thakuria, Regional Manager, South Asia, Tiqets; Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility, PATA; Jason Lusk, Consultant, ADB Ventures; Latasha Malik, Head of International Partnerships, Jacobs Media Group; Matthew Zatto, Vice President, Tourism – APAC, ADARA; Nikolay Mazensev. CEO, Aviata.kz; Patricia Nordstrom, Corporate Partnerships, Plug and Play; Peter Foster, CEO, Air Astana; Phillipa Nickolds, Director, Business Development, Transperfect.com; Russell Young, Managing Director – APAC, Sojern; Tony Smyth, Senior Vice President Corporate Development & Communications, iFree Group, and Trevor Weltman, Chief of Staff, PATA.

During the second half of the day at the Content Marketing Forum organized in partnership with UpThink, delegates will hear from a diverse group of experts and content creators who will discuss the lessons they learned on their journeys to success and how the upcoming trends of today are creating the opportunities of tomorrow. Speakers include Evo Terra, Podcast Strategist, Simpler Media Productions; Janicke Hansen, President, Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA); Matt Gibson, CEO, UpThink; Dr. Paul Johnson Founder, A Luxury Travel Blog, and Zaure Rozmat, CEO, The Steppe. In addition, there will also be a presentation from a BBC representative on ‘The Digital Future of Travel Publishing’.

PATA Travel Mart (PTM), generously hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Tourism National Company, is Asia Pacific’s international travel trade exhibition featuring unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand their networks, establish new relationships and consolidate existing business partnerships. Air Astana if the official carrier for the event.

PATA Travel Mart 2019 buyers, sellers, and registered media will receive complimentary access to the PTM Forums, while the registration fee for non PTM 2019 delegates is US$50 for each forum.

To register for the Travolution Forum Asia, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/travolution-forum-asia-the-power-of-technology-tickets-62964735218?aff=ebapi.

To register for the Content Marketing Forum, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/content-marketing-forum-2019-success-stories-and-the-evolution-of-content-creationp0-tickets-62965021073#tickets.

For more information about PATA Travel Mart 2019, visit www.PATA.org/PTM or email PTM@PATA.org.


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 more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international airlines and airports, 102 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 the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 35 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 22 PATA Student Chapters globally. 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 and London. Visit www.PATA.org.