BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-Jun-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Dream to Travel Festival, an online event that brings together travel trade businesses worldwide to learn, network, and celebrate the power of travel during these challenging times. The virtual event, unifying the travel trade through the infinite possibilities of the digital experience, will run for four weeks across time, space and borders from June 22-July 17, 2020.
“During these challenging times for the travel and tourism industry, we didn’t want to launch just another virtual event but a platform to truly engage, inspire, and spark ideas that address some of the challenges and issues we are facing today,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “The festival provides a platform for the travel trade community to gain new insights, meet experts and peers, and showcase and browse products from all over the Asia Pacific region and beyond. In addition, we wanted to adapt the idea of networking in a fun and engaging manner through live experiences and virtual hangouts. This is the perfect opportunity for our industry to come together and work towards a more responsible and stronger travel and tourism industry.”
The Dream to Travel Festival will welcome both B2B and travel trade industry stakeholders to attend on a complimentary basis, and comprises three key elements:
- Dream to Travel Forums
Get a front-row ‘seat’ of the latest updates from both public and private sectors of tourism. Be inspired by influential speakers.
- Digital Showroom and Community Hub
Connect with the travel trade worldwide, browse or showcase the latest products, and access Festival links and recordings.
- Live Experiences, Virtual Hangouts & Giveaways
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Re-think how cultural exchange and meet-ups can be adapted for a virtual, socially distanced world.
The schedule of events will be similar to a festival calendar rather than a full-day event, with games and activities included to provide the opportunity to network, socialise and have fun. Each week of the festival is dedicated to a specific theme (Trust, Courage, Wellbeing and Infinite Possibilities) and to a specific destination. PATA is excited to be working with destination partners the Macao Government Tourism Office, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Tourism Malaysia. The fourth destination will be announced shortly.
Access to the Dream to Travel Festival is free for all. Interested participants simply need to register for their Attendee Pass to join the event app, receive updates and attend the event in June.
To gain further information about the event and how to participate, PATA will be organising a webinar on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3pm ICT under the title, “Introduction to the PATA Dream to Travel Festival”. Participants will learn more about joining the festival, showcasing their products and participating in the virtual sessions.
Register for this complimentary webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W_1Xg3skTEiar6r0yh2seg. Access to the webinar is open to both PATA members, non-members and all interested parties.
For more information, visit dreamtotravel.PATA.org.
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international airlines and airports, 102 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 35 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 22 PATA Student Chapters globally. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London. PATA’s Annual Theme for the 2020 calendar year is ‘Partnerships for Tomorrow’. Visit www.PATA.org.