The Pacific Asia Travel Association UK Chapter (PATA UK)
PATA UK is the hub of activity for Pacific Asia. We have a community of over 5,000 travel professionals who strive to be travel experts for a wide array of destinations throughout the region. Our goal is to educate the UK travel trade by hosting events throughout the UK, where members can keep up-to- date about the latest happenings in Pacific Asia.
PATA UK & Ireland Events
PATA Exchange 2019 Buyer Registration
When: Monday 11th March 2019, from 9:30 – 17:00 To complete your buyer profile to attend PATA Exchange 2019, please complete the following:
Reading Quiz Night – 26th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Reading, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Bristol Quiz Night – 27th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Bristol, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Exeter Quiz Night – 28th March 2019
Join PATA UK & Ireland for a unique pub quiz in Exeter, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region.
Macao’s Calendar of Events
Macao’s Calendar of Events Macao is getting ready to usher in the Year of the Pig in 2019 with a range of exciting and colourful celebrations including parades and firework displays. Chinese New Year (5 to 7 February) is one of the most important festivals in Macao’s calendar, which is filled with unmissable festivals and events throughout 2019. Highlights include the Feast of the Drunken Dragon (12 May), 30th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest (September/October) and the 66th Macau Grand Prix (14 – 17 November). Click here to see the full calendar of 2019 events.
Song Saa Private Island Announce Festive Flash Promotion – Stay 4, Pay 2
Song Saa Private Island Announce Festive Flash Promotion – Stay 4, Pay 2 Song Saa Private Island is pleased to announce a special Festive Flash Promotion of all-inclusive stays – Stay 4 nights, Pay 2 nights. This offer is bookable from 1 January 2019 through 5 February 2019 and applies to stays January 15 – December 22, 2019. Additional nights may be booked with a 30% discount. This offer is valid on all villa types for all-inclusive bookings only. Bookings for a maximum of 7 night stay. Black out dates 1-9 February; 18-25 April; 2-6 May; 1-7 Oct; 26-30 November. This applies to new requests and bookings submitted and pre-paid by 5 February 2019. Song Saa Private Island is a haven of sustainable luxury nestled in the undiscovered beauty of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. For more information please visit www.songsaa.com or contact Jo@hiddendoorwaystravel.com
Diethelm Travel Thailand Meets with Tourism Authority of Thailand Regarding Facilitating Simpler Visa Processes for Mexican Tourists
Diethelm Travel Thailand Meets with Tourism Authority of Thailand Regarding Facilitating Simpler Visa Processes for Mexican Tourists As one of Thailand’s leading DMCs, Diethelm Travel Thailand continually works to ensure that all of our clients and guests enjoy a flawless experience when planning Thailand travels. This includes working closely with the relevant authorities regarding visa requirements and applications to help propose new information and solutions that benefit both the country and travellers. Recently, Diethelm Travel Thailand’s General Manager, Janejira (Eve) Vewatanawarangkun along with Head of Product and Operation, Samarnnopphon (Tri) Ratanathamthitaya, personally met with Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, Executive Director, Americas Region for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to discuss potential visa application processes for Mexican tourists. At Diethelm Travel Thailand, we believe that travel is instrumental in breaking down barriers and building up cross-cultural awareness and understanding but sometimes visa requirements can dissuade prospective visitors. More convenient visa application processes can significantly help in developing tourism in potential markets, including Mexico. By opening up a dialogue and sharing information, we hope to help make it easier for all visitors to enjoy Journeys of a Lifetime in the Land of Smiles.
Competition time and Merry Christmas from Taiwan Tourism Bureau!
Competition time and Merry Christmas from Taiwan Tourism Bureau! With a rugged interior featuring 286 peaks topping 3,000 meters, Taiwan’s railway system is shoehorned onto the coastal margins where most of Taiwan’s cultural life is concentrated. Whether you ride the high-speed service from Taipei City in the north to the city of Kaohsiung in the south, or spend a week exploring the island by local train, all journeys are within eyeshot of either the cobalt-blue Pacific Ocean, flatlands of verdant rice-paddies, or towering mountainsides. Learn more about why travelling by train is one of the best ways to explore the Formosa island and remember to enter the competition: Taiwan Tourism Bureau in collaboration with China Airlines are offering the opportunity to visit the heart of Asia with 2 x return flights courtesy of China Airlines. To enter the competition you just need to watch a 30-sec video and answer the question here! Good Luck! Also, if you want to learn more about Taiwan and be in the chance to win £100 Love2shop vouchers and a lovely Taiwan goodie bag complete the Taiwan OTT course by the 31st December! Great news for all the foodies, Din Tai Fung has opened its […]
See it to believe it, dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu Bhutan
See it to believe it, dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu Bhutan A unique 5 star hotel in the entertainment precinct with an easy access to the city’s main attractions and iconic sights. The first hotel in the country to have the largest room inventory offering 83 guest rooms. Taste the world at our spacious and stylish all-day-dining restaurant where experienced chefs from Bhutan, India, Italy, Philippines, and Thailand cook their native cuisines.
Download NEW Australian Events Calendar 2019
Download NEW Australian Events Calendar 2019 Food and Wine, Fashion, Sport, Culture – Australia’s annual calendar of world-class events has something for everyone! From cheering on the world’s top tennis players at the Australian Open to interacting with spectacular light installations at Vivid, sampling fine food and wine at various gourmet festivals to celebrating Australia’s indigenous culture at Tjungu Festival at Uluru. Events can be an absolute highlight of your customer’s holiday to Australia so check out the new events calendar for 2019 on the Aussie Specialist website.
The Taiwan Lantern Festival
The Taiwan Lantern Festival Chinese New Year is one of the most vibrant holidays in Taiwan, with celebrations centred around having fun with family and friends in a variety of customs and traditions. The most colourful celebrations relating to the New Year form part of the annual Lantern Festival, which involves guessing lantern riddles, eating rice-flour dumplings, and releasing lanterns into the sky. The most notable celebrations take place in New Taipei City’s Pingxi Township, along the Love River in Kaohsiung, and as part of the national Taiwan Lantern Festival, a spectacular, multi-day carnival-style celebration set in different locations across the island each year. Growing bigger and more extravagant each year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival has been hailed by international media as ‘a Disneyland without roller coasters’ and ‘one of the best festivals in the world’. The 30th annual Taiwan Lantern Festival will take place from 19th February to 3rd March 2019 and be hosted in Pingtung, Taiwan’s southernmost county which is surrounded by beautiful mountains to the north and some of the country’s best beaches to the south. The festival is based on Taiwanese cultural traditions and is famous for the many colourful […]
“Hop It; A Journey to New Zealand” – new game designed especially for Travel Agents
“Hop It; A Journey to New Zealand” – new game designed especially for Travel Agents Tourism New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have launched a fun, interactive game designed especially for Travel Agents. Highlighting what your clients can expect when flying with Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand from Heathrow or Manchester to Changi in Singapore and then onwards to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, the game also features some of the experiences your clients can “snap up” while travelling across both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. As well as the game, agents can also complete the Hop It Quiz to be in with a chance to win lots of prizes, including a pair of Business Class return flights to New Zealand, so make sure to enter today! For more information, Click Here!
Hepi Christmas The beautiful country of Papua New Guinea has much to celebrate this Christmas. Having recently hosted a successful APEC conference, PNG has also been selected as one of Dive Magazines top ten destinations for the third successive year. At Tufi resort swim, snorkel, dive trek or just relax, all-inclusive packages available with complimentary extras. www.tufidive.com/resort Lissenung Island Resort’s activities coincide with the turtle-nesting season, watch as the eggs are moved away from predictors to hatch in safety. www.lissenung.com Overlooking the magical Duke of York islands is Kokopo Beach Bungalows, with picture postcard views of the twin volcanoes of Tavurvur, visit and swim with the dolphins on route. www.kbb.com.pg 7100 feet above sea level, on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range, is Rondon Ridge. Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below and Mount Hagen. www.pngtours.com Looking for a quiet New Year, Lake Murray Lodge, only accessible by their private plane, nestled among trees and surrounded by fish and birds. www.pngtours.com
Western Australia’s a trending destination for 2019
Western Australia’s a trending destination for 2019 ABTA, the UK’s largest travel association, has named WA as one of the 12 destinations to watch as part of its 2019 Trends report. The destinations to watch are independently selected by ABTA’s experts and inclusion is based on a range of factors such as new flight routes, major events and celebrations, and areas that are experiencing a revival. The 2019 Trends report cited the introduction of the Qantas non-stop flight from London to Perth, recent developments in Perth, the bohemian charm of Fremantle, the state’s dramatic coastline and its outstanding natural attractions such as Ningaloo Reef and the Bungle Bungle Range as reasons for WA’s inclusion. WA was the only Australian destination to be included on the list. This comes off the back of Perth recently being named by National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top places to visit for 2019. Download the full report here.
Bangkok Airways is to launch a new service from Bangkok to Nha Trang, Vietnam
Bangkok Airways is to launch a new service from Bangkok to Nha Trang, Vietnam Bangkok Airways announces its new service linking Bangkok and Nha Trang (known as the “Riviera of Asia). The city is situated on the Southeastern coast of Vietnam and has been one of the most desired beach holiday destinations for European tourists. The airline will offer four flights a week (Monday, Wednesday Friday and Sunday) with a 144-seater Airbus A319 aircraft, starting from 25 January 2019. The flight departs Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 10.20hrs and arrive Cam Rahn (Nha Trang) International Airport at 12.05hrs. The return flight will depart Cam Rahn (Nha Trang) Airport at 12.55hrs and arrive Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 14.40hrs. For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
VR Time Travel: Step into Old Hong Kong up sky100
VR Time Travel: Step into Old Hong Kong up sky100 The Hong Kong Tourism Board has partnered with sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and TimeLooper to introduce the new ‘VR Time Travel: Step into Old Hong Kong’ experience. The new experience recreates scenes from the ‘60s and ‘80s and enables visitors to ‘step into’ the historical settings of Hong Kong and explore the old days of the city. Taking visitors through Hollywood Road outside Man Mo Temple in the 60’s plus, showing a plane coming into land at the famous Kai Tak International Airport in the 90’s, which was famed for dramatic landings close to residential buildings. Check out the preview video here! http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/sky100.jsp
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort and Michelin Star Guest
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort and Michelin Star Guest Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort will feature the culinary creations of UK Michelin Star guest chef James Mackenzie 4-14 January. Mackenzie, the head chef and proprietor of the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, Yorkshire, England, earned its Michelin Star in 2010 and has kept it since. Mackenzie’s debut cookbook, On the Menu, released in 2012, won Best Debut Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. While at the Outrigger, Mackenzie will hold a cooking class on the beach and present a special five course wine pairing menu prepared by him on two evenings.
Great Southern Explores New Territory
Great Southern Explores New Territory A new train is set to launch onto Australian tracks late 2019, linking Adelaide and Brisbane for 16 departures in its much-anticipated inaugural season. The new Great Southern train will explore the incredible landscapes and experiences across Australia’s diverse south-eastern corner with the option of a three-day northbound itinerary or a four-day southbound itinerary. It will be the newest addition to the internationally-regarded suite of great Australian rail journeys, which includes The Ghan (Adelaide-Darwin) and Indian Pacific (Sydney-Perth). Great Southern’s maiden travel season will extend from 6 December 2019 through to 27 January 2020. Comprising 28 carriages and two locomotives, Great Southern will accommodate up to 214 guests per journey. Onboard accommodation will include the option of Gold Single and Gold Twin cabins, as well as premium Platinum cabins. As travellers have come to expect from The Ghan and Indian Pacific, exceptional food and wine and world-class hospitality will be at the heart of the Great Southern experience, along with many opportunities to explore beyond the tracks. The two-night, three-day journey from Adelaide to Brisbane features opportunities to step off the train to experience the spectacular Grampians National Park, the nation’s capital – Canberra, and […]
2019 Macao Guide – out now!
2019 Macao Guide – out now! The Macao Government Tourism Office has released a new 16-page glossy Macao Guide, as a one stop tool for everything people need to know about the destination, located only 40 miles from Hong Kong. With information ranging from what to do by day and night in Macao and how to get there, to essential details on the destination’s food scene and calendar of events, it’s a comprehensive tool for anyone selling or visiting Macao. Click Here for more information.
“Fantastic Beasts of Asia”
“Fantastic Beasts of Asia” In the latest movie from the mind of author JK Rowling, the Indonesian Naga has a starring role. Have your own magical experience with the Naga throughout south east Asia with these excursions: Spend the day with Balinese artists, including intricate artworks of dragons.(Click Here!) See the multi-headed serpents at the Temple of Doi Suthep in Chaing Mai, Thailand. (Click Here!) For the more petrol-headed, a day touring the temples of Bali in a classic convertible Volkswagen might be just what is needed to see these cultural icons and the stories behind them. (Click Here!) For more information, please contact Chris Crampton – email@example.com
Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Tourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia
Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Tourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Tourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia to be the official European airline for Corroboree West 2019. It is the third time Singapore Airlines has partnered with the annual training and familiarisation event, which next year will be held in Perth and allow frontline sellers to get to know Singapore Airlines’ extensive Australian network as well as all the extraordinary travel experiences Australia has to offer. For more information, click Here!
Taiwan’s Exciting Upcoming Celebrations
Taiwan’s Exciting Upcoming Celebrations Christmasland: 16th November 2018 – 1st January 2019 Rivalling the best Christmas markets Europe has to offer, each festive season Christmasland transforms the Banqiao District of New Taipei City into a spectacular winter getaway. With delicious food stands, fun-packed rides, concerts, parades, glitzy light shows, markets selling handmade goods and a neon tree, the twinkling festivities of Christmasland are sure to add a sparkle to any festive trip to Taiwan. For more information, click Here! New Year’s celebrations in Taipei: 31st December 2018 Taipei is famed for its spectacular New Year’s celebrations which culminate in an impressive firework display which lights up the famous 101 building – the largest countdown clock in the world. As the countdown begins, the building lights up floor by floor until the final level is reached and a spectacular display of fireworks is set off in an unmissable show that is sure to make a cracking Instagram video. Another crowd pleaser is the New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert where internationally renowned artists entertain a crowd of thousands from 6pm until midnight. For more information, click Here!
Diving Accolades for Papua New Guinea
Diving Accolades for Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is home to some of the world’s most spectacular diving and in recognition the country has featured in the Dive Travel Awards top ten destinations for the third successive year. Graeme Gourlay, publisher of DIVE magazine, said: “We are delighted that Papua New Guinea has again done extremely well in our annual travel awards. It consistently tops the polls with divers from around the world. It is a testament to the stunning quality of the diving available in the country. For many divers PNG is at the top of their wish list – wonderful coral brimming with marine life and plenty of historic wrecks. PNG clearly has a dedicated and enthusiastic following among discerning divers.” The Country has three main dive locations, New Guinea, New Britain and New Ireland. Visitors can either explore from a Papua New Guinea live- aboard, or stay on land at one of the comfortable ‘sea-side’ resorts, many of which have both options on offer. For more information, click Here!
COMO The Treasury awarded best hotel in Australia and New Zealand
COMO The Treasury awarded best hotel in Australia and New Zealand Perth’s COMO The Treasury has been awarded the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand for the third year in a row in Conde Nast Traveler’s 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Known as ‘the best of the best of travel,’ the awards are considered the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. COMO The Treasury’s exclusive suites occupy the top floors of the immaculately restored 19th century State Buildings, located in the revitalised historic heart of Perth. Dining options at the precinct include the award-winning Wildflower, serving contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of a six season calendar; Post, an all-day osteria serving Italian classics; Petition Kitchen and Long Chim. Also making the exclusive list for top hotels in Australia and New Zealand was InterContinental Perth City Centre – coming in at number 13. Opened in October 2017, the hotel offers guests a luxury five-star experience, with an ideal location in the charming King Street precinct in Perth city. For more information click Here!
Traditional Balinese evening at The Legian Seminyak
Traditional Balinese evening at The Legian Seminyak Guests of The Legian Seminyak can indulge in a special Indonesian Rijsttafel dinner every Tuesday at The Restaurant. Originally created by the Colonial Dutch as a way of enjoying a range of Indonesian dishes in one, the feast known as Rijsttafel combines rice, meats and vegetables in mouth-watering zesty sauces. For more information click Here!
City and Beach the Perfect Combination
City and Beach the Perfect Combination On 25th January 2019 Bangkok Airlines are launching direct flights from Thailand to Cam Ranh in Vietnam. Opening up a fantastic opportunity for the perfect twin centre. Enjoy the busy vibe of Bangkok before heading for rest and relaxation at The Anam on beautiful Long Beach. For more information click Here!
Journey Beyond Packages Now Bookable by UK Trade
Journey Beyond Packages Now Bookable by UK Trade In a first for UK trade, Journey Beyond packages featuring travel on Australia’s great trains, The Ghan and Indian Pacific, are now bookable by UK trade. The new Australia’s Great Train Journeys 2019-20 brochure is now available and highlights six packages all including rail travel as well as the chance to explore beyond the tracks. The packages are themed around outback, adventure, food and wine, nature and beaches and range from six to 22 days in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Other crucial information regarding service levels, Off Train Excursions and rates is all included. Also out now, is Journey Beyond’s new marine brochure detailing Cruise Whitsundays and Rottnest Express experiences. Dive in to learn about a day on the Great Barrier Reef or how to make the most of Rottnest Island. To book packages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or to order brochures, email email@example.com. To take a peek inside our trains, visit journeybeyond.com.au/traveltrade for 360° views of inside our cabins, Outback Explorer Lounges, Platinum Club and Queen Adelaide Restaurant.
Destination Asia Indonesia Recognized for Sustainability Achievements
Destination Asia Indonesia Recognized for Sustainability Achievements Audley Travel held their annual supplier breakfast meeting in London on Thursday 8 November following WTM 2018. This year they added an awards ceremony to highlight those suppliers who are doing something extraordinary. There was one award for each Audley Value and also one for responsible tourism. Destination Asia Indonesia was presented with the responsible tourism award. James Pook, Southeast Asia Regional Product Manager at Audley Travel commented, “This is for their great work on policies such as, reducing plastic (clients now receive glass bottles of Balinese volcanic water), and introducing eco-friendly cold towels. Lots of their product development helps local people benefit and is sensitive to issues such as animal welfare. Audley is also working on this but in some ways Destination Asia are probably ahead of us. Everything they do has a responsible focus as they are Travelife accredited.” Product Manager David Nuetzel visited the offices in London to receive the award. A second award was handed to Destination Asia Indonesia just a few days prior at the WTM when David collected their Travelife Partner certificate. Congratulations Destination Asia Indonesia! For more information click Here!
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Unveils New Look After Extensive Renovations
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Unveils New Look After Extensive Renovations “Refurbished guest rooms and new pool facilities are just two highlights awaiting guests at this luxury beach resort” Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, an upscale full-service beach resort on the north-west coast of Thailand’s largest island, recently underwent enhancement work and is now ready to provide Thai inspired gracious hospitality to guests during the upcoming high season. Owned and operated by Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket first opened in November 1987 as one of the island’s finest resorts. Located on the pristine Bang Tao beach within the Laguna Phuket resort complex, it has since served as Dusit’s flagship resort in the south, delivering the company’s renowned gracious hospitality to guests from key markets worldwide. To maintain the resort’s competitive advantage, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket underwent a major renovation commencing June 2017 and continuing into 2018. The refurbishment of its guest rooms and suites in the North Wing, and the recent upgrading of its signature, award-winning Italian restaurant with its own outdoor pizza oven and public areas were recently completed in time for the upcoming high season to welcome back our loyal, […]
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