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PATA moves European office and appoints new Managing Director for Europe

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 13 February 2003

Effective tomorrow February 14, 2003, PATA is moving its European office from Monaco to Frankfurt, Germany. This move is precipitated by PATA's wish to find a more central location for its European operations, and be in closer proximity to PATA's key members and markets.

As a consequence of this relocation, PATA's two Monaco-based staff members, Ms. Michela Marcolina and Ms. Sonia Truchi, are today leaving PATA's employment.

In Monaco, PATA's President and CEO, Mr. Peter de Jong, said: "Michela and Sonia were most understanding of this important but difficult strategic decision, and have been very helpful during these transition days. I am grateful for their dedication and professionalism."

PATA also announced the appointment of Ms. Marion Buttler as PATA Managing Director-Europe, replacing Mr. Bill Hastings who left PATA on January 23, 2003.

Ms. Buttler possesses a wealth of relevant experience, having served four years as Manager Central Europe for the Australian Tourist Commission. Four years prior to that she was Qantas' Sales Manager, based in Frankfurt.

Mr. Peter de Jong said: "Marion Buttler brings the management skills, creativity and enthusiasm to this important assignment which the European region deserves and requires. Europe is highly important as it is Pacific Asia's leading long-haul market and has an extensive network of active PATA chapters." Ms. Buttler is already familiar with PATA through her previous chapter activities in Germany.

Travel industry representatives visiting ITB next month can meet her at the PATA stand in the Pacific Asia hall.

Effective February 14, Ms. Buttler can be reached at:-

Tel: (49) 6101-33272
Mobile: (49) 16055-34237
Fax: (49) 6101-580181

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