Monday, 3 June 2013

The WTO signs a new partnership with PATA

Make advance economic diversification and to preserve the culture and environment through tourism are the main objectives of a new strategic partnership signed between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the association of travel for the Asia-Pacific region (PATA).

Sustainable development objectives support and positioning of tourism as an essential factor for economic growth and sustainable development in Asia are at the centre of this strategic partnership.

The agreement was signed by Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary general and Martin Craigs, the CEO at PATA.

"We are pleased to deepen our relationship with PATA, a leader in tourism in the Asia-Pacific," said Rifai, during his participation in the annual Summit PATA in Bangkok, Thailand.

"By providing information on the market, with the establishment of global standards and allowing to join our voices to defend the value of tourism, this partnership will help the continued growth of tourism in Asia and the dissemination of its socio-economic benefits in one of the most dynamic regions of the world" said the Secretary general of the UNWTO.

Martin Craigs hosted Taleb Rifai to the PATA Annual Summit at the 62nd annual general meeting in Bangkok.

The strategic partnership includes a series of projects, such as a forum joint PATA / WTO on marketing and research.

The first research initiative will focus on the air connectivity and its impact on tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.

The study should already be implemented this year, in collaboration with the Tourism Promotion Organization for the cities of the Asia-Pacific.

Other topics include the facilitation of visas, taxation, aviation and consumer policies and the protection of the company.

The UNWTO partnership / PATA is based on a joint assessment of the successful of the two organizations, as the WTO Forum activities / PATA Annual on tourism trends and prospects, which was launched in 2007 in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the municipal Government of Guilin in China.

Tags: Asia-Pacific, the travel association of Asia-Pacific region, Bangkok, WTO, World Tourism Organization, PATA, Visa

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