Participants pleased with quality and choice of PATA 2008
Feedback from international buyers and sellers at the PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2008 held in
Buyers from countries including the
PATA region’s travel and tourism products were impressive too. Louise Oostenbrink of Louise’s Travel Choice, the
“As a buyer of niche products, PTM 2008 was very rewarding for me,” said Mark Pavlovsky, of Real Travel,
Delegates on the supply side were also delighted by the Asia Pacific’s travel contracting and networking show. Matt Grayson of the
Tony Everitt, CEO south-pacific.travel, who organised the largest ever Pacific Village at a PATA Travel Mart said, “PTM 2008 went very well for us, as there were many buyers who were curious about the ‘New Hemisphere’ markets.”
Udom Metatamrongsiri of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said PTM 2008 helped to dispel doubts about the country’s tourism situation given the political problems in the country. He reported a “good response” to the scheduled October launch of ‘Visit Thailand 2008-2009’.
“PTM is great because of the pre-fixed appointments,” said Shreyas Shah of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel,
Other independent hotels, such as the Royal Plaza Hotel of Hong Kong, and the The Chill in
PATA 2008 opened on September 17 with some 1,089 trade delgates, comprising of 374 global buyers from 324 organisations and 715
More than 170 qualified buyers were first timers to the travel mart, all of whom were vetting by PATA. They include buyers from 12 new and expanding markets, such as
As host destination,
Of the buyers, 56 per cent were wholesale leisure operators, 5 per cent were international meeting industry specialist and 39 per cent were looking for both leisure and business travel products.
The scenic town of