Welcome New Members – February

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Thirteen new organisations have joined the PATA community last month, and Minor Hotel Group Limited has upgraded its membership status to Corporate Member! We expect to connect them with our members across the globe and together create value of tourism in 2020! Get to know them by checking out their profiles below.

Minor Hotel Group Limited 

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of over 535 properties. Through Anantara, Avani, Elewana, Oaks, NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow and TIVOLI properties, Minor Hotels operates in 55 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. They passionately explore new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to a variety of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. With dynamic plans to expand their existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.

Booking Boss

The award-winning Booking Boss is a powerful ticketing and booking management platform dedicated to attractions, destinations, tours and entertainment industries. Besides being the engine that runs and centralises the ticketing and booking operations into one place, Booking Boss catapults sales with a system that unlocks a world of opportunities: the Channel Manager features connects directly to hundreds of OTAs and OAAs like Expedia, TripAdvisor and Viator, including tours and activity distributors with a B2B agent portal and nett rate management, so third parties can book, pay and print tickets with ease, in real time.

Destination Asia

Destination Asia is a comprehensive destination management company (DMC) specializing in East and Southern Asia based operations since 1996. We provide cutting-edge destination management services for; incentive houses, cruise lines, convention/exhibition and conference organizers, tour wholesalers and operators, corporate meeting planners, cultural and historical associations and business travel organizers.

Go Beyond Asia

For more than 30 years, Go Beyond Asia has inspired travellers to choose the road less travelled in Asia, to go beyond the beaten track and to meet the locals at eye level. This is what they believe in and how they build tours and experiences.

What was founded in a back alley as a sole proprietorship more than 30 years ago has today grown into a network of Travel Centers across Asia, where they strive to give their travellers the best possible service and take them beyond the beaten track.

Ivy Alliance Tourism Consulting Co.Ltd

IVY Alliance Tourism Consulting (Ivy Alliance) was founded in 2001. With its remarkable achievements, Ivy alliance has become China’s leading tourism research and consulting firm. For the past 14 years, Ivy Alliance has been releasing annual reports, quarterly reports and monthly reports on tourism market and related topics as well as generating a variety of customized market research reports for our customers. Besides undertaking multiple tourism planning projects, Ivy Alliance participated in the drafting of Chinese government’s laws and regulations on tourism, provided policy advisory, worked out effective marketing and channel development solutions for destination tourism organizations, tourism suppliers and enterprises from home and abroad. With abundant resources and extensive network, Ivy Alliance has built a good reputation and excellent brand image in China and the international tourism industry.

KATA (Korea Association of Travel Agents)

The Korea Association of Travel Agents is a business group representing the travel industry. The organisation is constantly trying to improve services for domestic and foreign travelers, aiming to protect the rights and interests of members and develop tourism by conducting active research, investigation, and public activities.

Melanesian Tourist Services Pty. Ltd.

Melanesian Tourist Services Limited (MTS) was founded by Sir Peter & Lady Barter in 1976 when they purchased Talco Territory from then TALAIR a regional airline in PNG.  It is the oldest and most experienced tourist organisation in PNG and was largely responsible for the development of tourism throughout PNG. Apart from being an inbound tourism operator and shipping agents they own and operate the Madang Resort, Kalibobo Village, Niugini Discovery expedition cruises, Niugini Dive Adventures based in Madang, with offices in Port Moresby and Cairns.   MTS in Australia also owns and operates the Tropical Heritage Hotel & Cairns Sheridan Hotel. The total investment exceeds $100m and employ a total of more than 300 staff most of whom are Papua New Guineans. It is a 100% locally owned PNG Company.

The Madang Resort & Kalibobo Village are the only tourism resort in PNG offering a wide range of services including conference rooms, dive shop, tennis courts, 3 restaurants, function rooms, business centre, hair salon, provide scheduled sightseeing tours and harbour cruises. 

The Kalibobo Spirit and Niugini Discoverer are expedition yachts that operate scheduled cruises of the Sepik River and to Islands in Milne Bay offering shore excursions and diving in association with Niugini Dive Adventures.  Kalibobo Spirit is the only vessel operating the full length of the lower and middle Sepik River.

In 2020 MTS will expand its expeditionary cruises with a new vessel and further develop the Madang Resort.

Next Stop Maldives

We are Next Stop Maldives—an inbound travel agency based in the Maldives. We exist to help people celebrate life by educating and informing discerning travelers of the many options there is for them to enjoy the Maldives in harmony with their means. We are emboldened and guided by the philosophy that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy this unfettered paradise at least once in their lifetime.

Planet Egan Ltd

Planet Egan Ltd specialise in sustainable and responsible growth in travel, tourism and hospitality. With over 30 years of experience in tourism and through a wide network of key travel industry leaders, they offer diplomatic, personal, innovative and consultative approaches. They commit to bridging the gap, creating new partnerships and synergies as well as Global insight with local understanding. Planet Egan listens, absorbs, searches, shares and inspires through a global directorship of TripAdvisor to managing a small resort hotel and still traveling extensively.

Suruga Marketing & Tourism Bureau (SHIZUOKA Convention Bureau)

The SURUGA Marketing & Tourism Bureau (SMTB), or generally known as SHIZUOKA Convention Bureau (SCV), is a DMO of the Shizuoka prefecture central region. SMTB & SCV’s primary responsibility is the destination marketing and promotion of tourism for the Shizuoka central region.

Tourism Association of Canton Sarajevo

Tourism Association of Canton Sarajevo – Visit Sarajevo was founded in early 2017 to best respond to the needs of development, preservation and protection of tourist and cultural values in the Sarajevo Canton. As tourism is currently the fastest growing industry, Visit Sarajevo strives to improve the tourist offer of the Canton, making Sarajevo one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Europe.

Accordingly, the activities of the Tourism Association of Canton Sarajevo include an analysis of the local and international market, planning and development of tourism in the Sarajevo Canton, preparation and organisation of events of importance for tourism, and many more.

Wicked Adventures Indonesia

Group Programs Wicked Adventures offers destination management services for tour operators, travel agents, nonprofits and research institutes, delivering highly personalized, multi-week group travel programs at affordable prices. The company operates throughout Southeast Asia, with a primary focus in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and manage all in-country logistics, including transportation, accommodations, highly trained field guides, and a diverse range of activities such as diving, kayaking, trekking, and visits to traditional villages– to name just a few.

Combining local, on-the-ground expertise with Western values of customer service and safety standards, adventure specialists will work closely with you to create and deliver an incredible program for your travelers.

World Nomads

World Nomads is a team of global citizens, customer advocates and creative storytellers. They are passionate about helping you explore your curiosity and gain deeper understanding of the world. Since 2002, they have been protecting, connecting and inspiring independent travelers, nevertheless offering opportunities to improve travel writing, photography or filmmaking skills to the next level with advice and techniques from experts or in the field on a travel scholarship

They support you to explore your boundaries, offering simple and flexible travel insurance and safety advice to help you travel confidently. Believing in giving back to the destination we travel to, they enable you to make a difference with a micro-donation when you buy with them.