The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has arranged 14 media briefings as part of
the PATA Travel Mart (PTM04), to be held September 22-24, 2004 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Media delegates will have the option of attending informative updates by the Department of Tourism, Government of
India, Guam Visitors Bureau, Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, the Nepal Tourism Board, the Sri Lanka Tourism
Board, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Malaysia, and Bihar State Tourism (India).
PATA Premier Partner, Abacus, will deliver a media update as will Galaxy Distribution System, the 3rd Global Summit
of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, and the PATA Foundation, which raises and dispenses
funds to conservation campaigns related to tourism.
NTO representatives will present a wide range of topics. His Excellency Mr Lay Prohas, Minister of Tourism,
Cambodia will provide an update on tourism development and investment opportunities in Cambodia. Mr Tek
Bahadur Dangi, Chief Executive Officer, Nepal Tourism Board, will conduct a session on Nepal, the birthplace of
Lord Buddha, Mr Ernie A Galito, Deputy General Manager, Guam Visitors Bureau, will deliver a presentation on
Guam’s initiatives to attract the longhaul travel sector. Mr S Kalaiselvam, Director General of the Sri Lanka Tourist
Board, Mr Jayantha Panabokke, PATA Board member, and Mr Hiran Cooray of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter, will
explain the latest trends in Sri Lankan tourism. Mr Ashok Kumar Sinha from the Department of Tourism, Travel
and Trade, Government of Bihar, will present “Bodhgaya – An International Buddhist Pilgrimage
Galaxy Distribution System will also run a presentation on the cost effective ways to facilitate ground services for
the travel industry. Its presentation will be given by its Regional Director of Sales for Asia, Middle East, Africa and
the CIS, Mr Paul Blahuta.
PATA Managing Director-Communications Mr Ken Scott said: “PATA wants to get as many journalists as possible in
front of PATA members with new campaigns, products and services. PATA Travel Mart 2004 offers the perfect
environment for journalists to absorb the latest travel industry information and expand their contacts.”