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PATA gets ATTA and IUCN Endorsement for Adventure Travel Event in Nepal

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PATA has received backing from for its 2010 Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart in Nepal.

 The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have both endorsed the event which will take place at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu on 1-5 February 2010.

“The Conference and Mart will create important platforms for discussing and promoting environmental protection and social sustainability with our industry,” said PATA Events Director, Sheila Leong. “Speakers confirmed include Jose Dominic, CEO of CGH, Kerala; Naranjan Khatri, GM for Environment at ITC Welcome Group in India, and Australia-based Intrepid Travel CEO Darrell Wade. We are working with ATTA and IUCN to identify and then invite other speakers to participate in our exciting programme.”

Conference sessions include:

• Adventure Travel: Pulse of the Adventure Traveller
• Responsible Tourism: The Driving Force
• Interactive Plenary Session: Adventure Sports Tourism – Risks and Responsibilities
• Interactive Plenary Session: Zero Waste Challenge
• Closing Session: Responsible Tourism – Making Business Sense

US-based ATTA serves as a membership organisation for companies in the adventure travel arena.

 IUCN is one of the world’s oldest and largest global environmental networks - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organisations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.

The official airline for the event, Nepal Airlines, is offering preferential fares for delegates from several Asian cities to the Nepalese capital, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

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