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Pacific Asia Travel Association (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 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide. 

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In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, the Pacific Asia Travel Association commits to:

  • Encouraging affiliated organisations and businesses of partners to join the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative by spreading the word through media channels by August 2020, by highlighting 5 successful members’ case studies by January 2021 and by including plastics as key component of promoting sustainability in tourism supply chains by June 2021.
  • Advising and guiding members to better manage plastics in their operations by integrating workshops, toolkits and trainings into Tour Link Project promoting sustainability in the Thai tourism supply chain by June 2021.

The  Pacific  Asia  Travel  Association’s  (PATA’s)  acts as  a  catalyst  for  the  sustainable  and  socially  responsible  development  of  travel  and  tourism to,  from  and  within  the  Asia  Pacific  region.   To  do  so  PATA  works  in  partnership  with  our  public  and  private  sector  members  and  strategic partners  to  balance  the  travel  and  tourism  industry  impacts  on  the  region’s  communities,  economies, and  environments  to  meet  the  UN  Sustainable  Development  Goals  (SDGs).   PATA’s  approach  inspires  impact  to  create  positive  change,  both  within  the  association,  and  across the  PATA  network,  by: 1.  providing  a  platform  to  recognize  and  communicate  our  members’  SDG  innovations  and achievements 2.  establishing  frameworks  and  guidelines  for  our  members  to  measure,  analyse  and  manage knowledge-driven,  destination-oriented  SGD  initiatives   3.  managing  projects  for,  by  and  with  our  members  to  achieve  exponential  impacts  on  SDGs relative  to  responsible  tourism  development 

Knowledge items


SDG impact solutions implemented across Asia Pacific SDG impact solutions replicated in underserved emerging markets ADB...


Author: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)


This publication was launched at the PATA Annual Summit in Sri Lanka. There has been positive feedback regarding the...