Pinoy Chikka

Posted: Wed 13 Aug, 2014 9:53 AM

PATA Philippines’ Travel Forum A Huge Success

The first instalment of Pinoy Chikka, the Travel Forum series of Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Philippines Chapter, attracted an overflow crowd of more than 800 travel and hospitality industry practitioners and members of the academe, at the SMX Mall of Asia. This talk series is aimed at continuously updating those involved in Tourism and Hospitality with the latest trends and best practices in the Industry.


Bannering the theme “The New Face of Tourism”, the highly successful event featured top-caliber personalities in their respective fields of endeavor. Former Tourism Secretary and now Chairman/President of the International School of Sustainable Tourism Mina Gabor discussed AgroTourism. Celebrity doctor, President and Medical Director of Belo Medical Group, Dr. Vicki Belo, spoke on Medical Tourism, while the Chairman of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Gina Lopez, expounded EcoTourism.


PATA, now headquartered in Bangkok, is an international association founded in Hawaii in 1951. It counts among its members, governments, destinations, transport, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, educational institutions, financial and consultancy services and media. Its mission is to enhance, encourage and support the growth, value and quality of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific. The highly energized Philippine Chapter, as an extension of the association, is constantly seeking ways to help translate these global objectives into action in the local travel and hospitality industry.


PATA Philippines Chapter’s Pinoy Chikka was made possible with the support of Air Asia/Zest, Bluewater Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Just Jewels, Le Soleil de Boracay, Lighthouse Marina Resort, Nayong Pilipino, TIEZA and the Philippine Retirement Authority.




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