PATA Travel Mart 2017 (PTM 2017) will be held in the Macao SAR from 13th to 15th September next year. The 40th edition of the Mart will be hosted by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
PATA Travel Mart is the Association's signature event and Asia Pacific's premier travel trade show, featuring networking and contracting opportunities to help travel and tourism organisations access decision makers, meet new clients, expand networks and build or maintain existing relationships.
In response to PATA Travel Mart being once again held in Macao, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said: “PATA Travel Mart mobilises a relevant contingent of travel trade stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region and around the world, and we are enthusiastic with the prospect of providing a first-hand update about the significant developments in our city since we last met in Macao for the PATA Travel Mart 2010 and in 2005 for the PATA Annual Conference.
“For decades, PATA has been a resourceful inspiration and a valuable platform for Macao's tourism industry development. It is a privilege for our city to host and contribute to the organisation of the 40th edition of the Association's premier annual travel trade show, following the successful organisation of two major PATA events. Macao is looking forward to once again playing its role as a facilitator for this international tourism gathering as the city continues to pave the way to transform itself into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure."
PATA CEO Mario Hardy said: “It is an exciting prospect to be returning to Macao SAR for the fortieth anniversary of PATA Travel Mart, having previously held a successful Mart here in 2010. PATA and MGTO enjoy a very special, unique and rewarding relationship that we treasure and hold in high regard.
“MGTO has been a valuable member of PATA since 1958 and has sponsored the PATA Gold Awards for the past 21 years. Next year's PTM provides us with the perfect opportunity to showcase that amazing relationship and highlight one of the most unique destinations in the Asia Pacific region".
Founded in 1951, PATA is a non-profit membership association dedicated to building the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry, providing insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 29 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 63 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. For more updates about PATA Travel Mart, please visit: www.pata.org.