Manila has been selected to host the PATA Travel Mart 2012, 34 years after it first hosted the event in 1978.
While dates have yet to be announced, the leading travel trade show will be held in Manila’s SMX Convention Centre.
Philippine Department of Tourism secretary Alberto A Lim said the decision was an indication of PATA executive board’s confidence in the region as a MICE destination.
“The forthcoming PTM2012 will give us the opportunity to showcase once again the beauty and culture of our country and the charm, warmth and hospitality of a friendly people, as well as the new tourism infrastructure in place since the last time we hosted a big PATA event in 1998,” he said.
“Our public and private sectors will now join hands to work for the success of PTM2012 for the sake of Philippine tourism as well as the entire Pacific Asia region.”
The Philippines has hosted a variety of PATA events including the 29 PATA Annual Conference and Workshop in 1980, PATA Annual Board of Directors Meetings in 1989 and the 47 PATA Annual Conference in 1998.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J