BANGKOK, January 13, 2015 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group are pleased to have co-hosted the 2014 PATA Hub City Forum: Chengdu at the Sichuan Jinjiang Hotel in Chengdu, China on December 22, 2014.
The purpose of the forum was to analyse current international travel trends, hold discussions on improving the market competitiveness and attractiveness of hub city tourism destinations, and explore the 72-hour visa free transit policy.
Delegates ranged from tourism destinations, hotels, airlines, online travel agencies (OTAs), and traditional travel agencies from the Sichuan province. The event included two main topics for discussion: Creating a Hub City – Air and Land Transportation, and How Can Traditional Operators and OTAs Help to Create a Hub City.
Former PATA Chairman and Honorary Chairman of the PATA China Panel of Experts, Mr Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, delivered the opening speech at the forum. Other speakers at the event included Mr John Koldowski, Special Advisor to PATA CEO; Ms Sarah Mathews, Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor; Miss Nasanka Lei, Air Transport Officer of Air Transport & International Relations Civil Aviation of Macau; Ms Jennifer Lan, Business General Manager, Ctrip.com; and Miss Tang, Marketing Manager, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
In addition, Ms. Yang Wenzhen, Former Director General of Department of Management and Department of Marketing of CNTA and Former Vice President of CITS, provided insightful analysis for building a hub city.
For more information about the event, please visit https://www.pata.org/portfolio/2014-pata-hub-city-forum-chengdu/ or http://patachina.org/news/1222news.
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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 90 government, state and city tourism bodies, nearly 30 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 57 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, London and New York. Visit www.PATA.org.