Chapter – First Event of 2004
The PATA Japan Chapter held its first event of the New Year at the
Hotel Grand Palace, a PATA Japan Chapter member, in Tokyo on Thursday,
January 22nd. The event began with a meeting of the Board of Directors,
and was followed by a presentation on general Japanese Government
tourism policy, focusing on the Visit Japan Campaign and ways to make
Japan a top destination for overseas tourists, by Mr. Satoru Kanazawa,
Director General of the Tourism Department, Policy Bureau Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Mr. Kanazawas presentation
was very well received, and provided much food for thought and inspiration
for participants. Following Mr. Kanazawas presentation, Mr.
Hee Soo Shin, Executive Director of the Tokyo Office of the Korea
National Tourism Organization, made a presentation about the upcoming
2004 PATA Annual Conference and Korea Chapter Annual General Meeting
in Jeju Island, also outlining the venue islands principal attractions
and sights. This was the first function organized jointly by the Japan
and Korea PATA Chapters, and Mr. Nobutaka Ishikure, Chairman of the
PATA Japan Chapter, commented that we wish to expand on the
success of this event, being involved in further activities with other
neighbouring Chapters, such as the PATA China Chapter.
The days programme ended with an informal reception, which provided
great networking opportunities for members and non-members alike.
The first PATA Japan Chapter event of 2004 was attended by over 80
people, both PATA members and non-members. It is hoped that the event
will encourage new members to join as they see what a fun and friendly
chapter we are!
PATA Chapter Communicators
Lead the Fight against Bird Flu
PATA has called on travel industry communicators and public relations
professionals throughout the PATA chapter network to circulate factual
messages about avian influenza (bird flu). PATA recommends
forwarding the following key messages to anyone concerned about bird
Destination Jeju 2004: New
- Unlike common flu, bird flu cannot pass from human to human;
humans can only catch it through contact with infected poultry.
- The evidence to date is that you are not at risk of catching
bird flu by eating uncooked chicken or eggs.
- Unless you come into direct contact with contaminated animals,
you are not at risk of catching bird flu when visiting areas that
have confirmed cases.
- The risk to travelers is minimal. The World Health Organization
(WHO) has not issued any travel advisories related to bird flu.
More than 20,000 colorfully clad Jeju residents will join PATA Annual
Conference delegates at the official welcome reception on April 18
at Jejeu World Cup stadium. Delegates and locals alike can look forward
to live entertainment, which Korean television will broadcast to a
national audience. For comfort, delegates should bring a light jacket
as it could be windy and cool in the evening. The event will be hosted
by the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) and the Jeju Provincial
All delegates to the 63rd PATA Annual Conference will receive a complimentary
taekwondo outfit at registration. Free taekwondo lessons will take
place Monday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 21 at the Shilla Cheju
Hotel. An English-speaking instructor will teach participants the
basic moves of taekwondo, a world-renowned Korean marital art. All
participants should wear the uniform. Delegates who attend all three
sessions will receive accreditation. For further information, please
CNN Chief to Address PATA
Mr. Chris Cramer, Managing Director of CNN International, will deliver
the closing keynote address at the 53rd PATA Annual Conference. Mr.
Cramer is responsible for overseeing CNN Internationals worldwide
newsgathering operation outside the United States, as well as editorial
content and programming.
Silent Auction Calls for
The PATA Foundation will hold its 14th Annual Silent Auction at the
53rd PATA Annual Conference (PAC 2004) in Jeju Island, Korea (ROK),
April 18-22, 2004. Ever since the first Silent Auction was held at
the 40th PATA Annual Conference in Bali in 1991, the event has been
a not-to-be-missed attraction at the PAC. The PATA Japan Chapter will
be donating an exciting, original item to the auction please
keep your eyes open for it at the event! Proceeds from successful
bids go to the PATA Foundation which funds tourism-related environmental,
cultural and educational programs at the community level, helping
PATA to help local communities to protect the environment, conserve
cultural heritage and support educational programs. For more information
about donating items, please contact Silent Auction coordinator Mr.
Tongchan Srinava (tel: (66-2)658-2000 ext. 115; fax: (66-2)658-2010;
Mekong Forum Adds Simulated
PATA has added a special full-day session on tourism reputation and
crisis management to the 9th Mekong Tourism Forum, Chiang Mai, Thailand,
March, 26-28, 2004. Participants in the March 26 pre-Forum seminar
will have to cope with a simulated crisis, which will touch on issues
now affecting tourism. The program, entitled Catch Me If You
Dare, will involve a fast-paced and realistic scenario demanding
crisis management, ethics, values, leadership and cross-cultural difference
skills from participants. Tourism executives can join the session
at a special PATA-sponsored fee of US$80 net per person, including
lunch and coffee. The seminar runs from 10:00 to 17:00 on March 26,
2004 at the Sheraton Chiangmai Hotel (the Mekong Forum venue). More
information about the seminar is available at www.catchmeifyoudare.com.
Qantas to Launch Low-Cost
Qantas has announced that its new low-cost domestic airline will be
named Jetstar with headquarters in Melbourne. Jetstar will begin selling
seats in February 2004, and start flying in May 2004, using 14 Boeing
717s currently operated by Impulse Airlines under the QantasLink brand.
The first Airbus A320 will be delivered in June 2004, and Jetstarwill
over time move to an all A320 fleet. Qantas said the airlines
route network and fare structure will be announced in January 2004.
For further information, visit www.qantas.com.au.
Japan Airlines Adds Flights
to Northern Marianas
The Marianas Visitors Authority announced that Japan Airlines has
commenced daily services to connect the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas
(CNMI) with Haneda, Tokyo, Kansai and Osaka, Japan due to the increasing
numbers of Japanese travelers to Saipan, Tinian and Rota in the Northern
Marianas. The additional flights will provide passengers with convenient
afternoon departures to male connections with other Japan Airlines
international flights. For further information, visit www.mymarianas.com.
China Shelves Maglev Plans
China has shelved its plans to have a Maglev (magnetic-levitation)
train ply the Beijing-Shanghai route due to high costs. As of now,
Chinas first maglev (built at a cost of US$1.2 billion) will
only serve a short stretch of 18 miles from Shanghais Pudong
Airport to the city center. This regular commercial operation started
on January 1st. China is now exploring alternative options, similar
to Japans Shinkansen Bullet Train and Frances TGV.
Air India Introduces Companion
Air India is offering the Companion Free Scheme (CFS) applicable on
Air India-operated flights (excluding codeshare flights) with adult
IATA published full fares, both on one-way and round-trip tickets.
CFS is valid for flights between India and the United States, United
Kingdom and Europe in first, executive and economy classes; between
India and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo,
Osaka, Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam in executive class; and between the
Gulf and India in executive and economy classes. The offer is subject
to certain terms and conditions. Passengers are required to travel
on their outbound journey together but may return individually. The
offer is valid for outbound travel until March 31, 2004, and can be
booked at any Air India office or through travel agents. For further
information, visit www.airindia.com.
IATA Opposes New EU Denied
The European Union (EU) has now completed the revision of rules that
define assistance to airline passengers in the event of denied boarding,
delays and cancellations. According to the International Air Transport
Association (IATA), the legislation misses its mark. The spirit is
more punitive than compensatory, and it will actually have a negative
impact on consumer-friendly fares and global airline tickets, comments
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General and CEO. IATA feels that
the new rules will not necessarily provide efficient consumer protection
and are potentially very damaging to the industry.