Newsline – First Edition Released
The first edition of the new PATA Chapter Newsline e-mail bulletin
was released on December 1st, 2003 (http://www.patanet.org/chapters/dec03.htm).
The newsletter included information on various Chapter activities,
honours and events, and also included the Question of the Month,
answered by our very own Chapter Chairman, Mr. Nobutaka Ishikure.
PATA Japan Chapter January
The next PATA Japan Chapter event will be held at the Hotel Grand
Palace in Tokyo on Thursday, January 22nd, 2004. The event will involve
a Board Meeting, followed by a presentation by Mr. Kanazawa of the
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. There will also be
a brief presentation by KNTO, giving information relating to the PATA
Annual Conference to be held in Jeju Island, Korea in April. The event
will close with a New Year Party, which will be a great opportunity
for networking and to meet your fellow PATA Japan Chapter Members.
Chapter Members will receive an application form to be submitted to
the Secretariat. If any prospective members would be interested in
participating in the event, please contact the PATA Japan Chapter
Secretariat (Tel: 03-5367-3320; Fax:03-3225-0071; ).
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
PATA's Vision for the Mekong
The 9th PATA Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF), held from March 26-28, 2004
in Chiang Mai, Thailand will be based on the theme Protect,
Position and Promote to reflect PATAs new advocacy role.
Much of the MTFs program will focus on these three Ps.
Three breakout sessions in the afternoon of the second day will brainstorm
how to protect, position and promote Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)
tourism. The 9th PATA MTF is hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
and is supported by ADB, UNESCAP and Thai Airways. For more information,
PATA Travel Mart 2005 in
Kuala Lumpur, 2006 in Hong Kong
PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place
September 27-30, 2005 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The PATA
Board of Directors Meeting (BOD) will follow the Mart from September
30 October 2, 2005 at a Kuala Lumpur venue yet to be confirmed.
PTM 2004 will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
(QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, September 22-24. The BOD will follow
at the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok, September 24-26, 2004.
Hong Kong has won the bid to hold the PATA Travel Mart in 2006.
SIC Statistics Selling as
PATA Strategic Intelligence Centres (SIC) two best selling publications,
the PATA 2002 Annual Statistical Report and Pacific Asia Tourism Forecasts
2003-2005 (including the post-SARS update), are now available together
as a value set. Save up to US$200 by purchasing a set of these reports
before December 31, 2003. The price for one set in US$400 (usually
US$600) for PATA members, and US$650 (usually US$849) for PATA chapters
For further information, or to order these reports, please contact
PATA Coordinator-Publications, Ms. Patcharin (Maew) Hongprapat. Tel:
(66-2)658-2000 ext. 121. Fax: (66-2)658-2010. E-mail: email@example.com
Airline to Woo Women Travelers
Skynet Asia Airways plans to woo female passengers with an all male
cabin crew. The airline is offering all-male cabin service for up
to 300 passengers on its round trip flight between Tokyo and the resort
of Miyazaki. Four male cabin attendants between the ages of 20 and
40 will be providing the service on board. Instead of cutting fares,
which are already the airlines lowest ever, Skynet Asia Airways
plans to add value by having well-groomed athletic males to provide
onboard services. The airline feels that, just as women cabin crew
are more acceptable to male passengers, male cabin attendants may
be more acceptable to its women passengers.
IATA Upbeat About Growth,
PATA Report Corroborates
Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO of IATA, announced that
International passenger traffic growth in September has given
us cause for celebration. For the first time since February, when
SARS and Iraq so radically impacted our industry, we can write our
monthly traffic figure with black ink. Overall PRKs for
September 2003 show a 1% improvement over results for the same month
of the previous year. Although small, this is a significant increment,
as it confirms the steady traffic rise of the past three months. Robust
growth in Europe (3.6%) and high growth in the Middle East (19.4%)
contributed to this worldwide result.
A new PATA SIC report entitled PATA Market Map: Airline Seat
Capacity Trends to the PATA Region: 3rd Quarter 2003 corroborates
this, showing that airlines increased overall capacity to Asian destinations
in the third quarter of 2003. In terms of increases in net seats,
Japan (624,000), Thailand (375,000) and Malaysia (264,000) led the
PATA region in the third quarter of 2003, said PATA Director-Development,
Mr. Stephen Yong. However, among the PATA destinations showing
considerable capacity growth during the period were the south and
central Pacific destinations Cook Islands (+92%), Fiji (+80%) and
The PATA Market Map report is priced at US$100 for PATA members and
US$200 for PATA chapter members and non-members. To order the report,
please contact PATA Coordinator-Publications, Ms. Patcharin (Maew)
Hongprapat. Tel: (66-2)658-2000 ext. 121. Fax: (66-2)658-2010. E-mail: