The Pacific Asia Travel Association presented the PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2014 during the PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 2014-9-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) proudly presented the PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2014 to 21 separate organisations and individuals at a special luncheon on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Koh Pich City Hall, during the PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These awards have long been supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the past 19 years.

Twenty nine PATA Grand and Gold Awards were presented this year, with multiple awards going to Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Kerala Tourism, Kuoni Travel (India), Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®.

The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage and Culture. This year, the Grand Awards were presented to Capilano University, Canada for Education and Training; Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka for Environment; Khiri Travel for Heritage; and Tourism New Zealand for Marketing.

Mr. Martin J. Craigs, PATA CEO, said, “On behalf of PATA, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all 2014 Grand and Gold Award winners. We are pleased to recognise their achievements at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation and enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments at the PATA Travel Mart in Phnom Penh.”

View photos from PATA Travel Mart 2014 and the PATA Grand and Gold Awards at the PATA Flickr page.

View highlights of the 2014 PATA Grand and Gold Awards winners at the PATA TV YouTube Channel.

PATA Grand Award 2014

Education and Training
Vietnam Ethnic Hill Tribe Community Tourism Partnership
Capilano University, Canada

Man and Nature in Perfect Harmony
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Heritage and Culture
Banteay Chhmar Tented Camp
Khiri Travel

100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand
Tourism New Zealand

PATA Gold Award 2014

Marketing – Primary Government Destination
Hold My Hand in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tourism Board

Marketing – Secondary Government Destination
‘Open Up to More – Melbourne’
Tourism Victoria, State Government of Victoria

Marketing – Carrier
Immigration on Board
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Marketing – Hospitality
“A Sense of Place®”
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®

Marketing – Industry
Kuoni together with SOTC
Making Holidays a Priority for Indians
Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Environment – Ecotourism Project
Elpitiya Plantations Excursions
Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka

Environment – Corporate Environmental Programme
Accor Asia-Pacific

Environment – Environmental Education Programme
My Land, My Water, My Home
Palau Visitors Authority

Corporate Social Responsibility
Kumarakom Responsible Tourism
Kerala Tourism, India

Garuda Indonesia Experience
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Wonder Full Water and Light Show at Marina Bay Sands
Laservision Mega Media Ltd, Singapore

Education and Training
Building Futures
Accor New Zealand

Marketing Media – Consumer Travel Brochure
Shop Guam Festival Travel and Shopping
Guam Visitors Bureau, Guam

Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media
Kuoni together with SOTC
Making Holidays a Priority for Indians
Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Marketing Media – Travel Advertising Print Media
“Living Canvas”
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®

Marketing Media – Travel Poster
Korean Royal Court Cuisine and Bibimbap
Korea Tourism Organization, Korea (ROK)

Marketing Media – Promotional Travel Video
Malaysia Truly Asia – The Essence of Asia
Tourism Malaysia, M&C SAATCHI (M) SDN BHD

Marketing Media – Public Relations Campaign
2013 Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper
Hong Kong Tourism Board

Marketing Media – Social Media
Thailand Only
Tourism Authority of Thailand

Marketing Media – Web Site
“New Web Site Creation”
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®

Marketing Media – E-Newsletter
Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter
Kerala Tourism, India

Travel Journalism – Destination Article
Hong Kong Now
Written by Peter Jon Lindberg and photographed by Adam Friedberg
Travel & Leisure Magazine, October 2013, USA

Travel Journalism – Industry Business Article
Team On Board
By Raini Hamdi
TTGMice, November 2013, Singapore

Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph
Footprints on the Beach
Tourism Authority of Thailand

Travel Journalism – Travel Guidebook
Colours of the Sky
Tourism Authority of Thailand


About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting 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 member organisations, comprising 90 government, state and city tourism bodies, nearly 30 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 57 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. ThePATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre 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, Sydney, Dubai, London and New York. Visit


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Picture: Winners of PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2014

Picture: Winners of PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2014