• PATA Grand and Gold Awards winners 2017

    Ramesh Tiwari
    July 28, 2017
    PATA Grand and Gold Awards winners 2017

    TravelBizNews Online —

    Bangkok : Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the winners of the 2017 PATA Grand and Gold Awards .

    These awards, supported and sponsored since 1995 by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), recognise the achievements of 28 separate organisations and individuals.The awards ceremony will take place in Macao SAR on  September 15 during PATA Travel Mart 2017.

    The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment, and Heritage and Culture.

    Hotel ICON, Hong Kong SAR will receive the 2017 PATA Grand Award for Education and Training for its ‘Being Brilliant Together’.

    The Environmental award will be presented to Accor Hotels Asia Pacific for its ‘Drive the Change towards Positive Hospitality.”

    The Heritage and Culture Award will be awarded to Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

    The Marketing Award will be presented to the Korea Tourism Organization for its ‘Korea Visits You’.


    1. PATA Gold Award 2017

    Marketing – Primary Government Destination

    Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong New Brand Campaign

    Hong Kong Tourism Board

    2. Marketing – Secondary Government Destination

    Just Another Day in WA

    Tourism Western Australia

    3. Marketing – Carrier

    Air China

    4. Marketing – Hospitality

    Hunan TV’s Reality Show up Idol II at Melco Resorts

    Macao Government Tourism Office – Melco Resorts & Entertainment

    5. Marketing – Industry

    Eastern Sunrise Spectacular Show, Rizhao, Shandong Province, China

    ECA2, France

    6. Marketing – Young Travellers

    USS Halloween Horror Nights 6

    Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore

    7.Environment – Ecotourism Project

     Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps, Thailand

    8. Environment – Corporate Environmental Programme

     Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Program

      Macao Government Tourism Office – Sands China Ltd

    9. Environment – Environment Education Programme

    Jingzaijiao Tile-paved Salt Fields

    Tourism Bureau, Chinese Taipei

    10. CSR

    Village to the World

    Tourism Authority of Thailand

    11. Heritage and Culture – Heritage

    Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark

    Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Malaysia

    12.Heritage and Culture – Culture

    Muay Thai Live Bangkok

    Thai Show 2013 Co.,Ltd

    13. Education and Training

    Educating, transferring skills and knowledge, creating awareness and training on sustainability

    The Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa, Malaysia

    14.Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media

    The Parisian Macao Grand Opening

    Macao Government Tourism Office – Sands China Ltd

    15. Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Print Media

    Go Beyond

    Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

    16. Marketing Media – Consumer Travel Brochure

    Film Tourism Brochure

    Kerala Tourism

    17. Marketing Media – Promotional E-Newsletter

    Island Diaries

    Jetwing Travels, Sri Lanka

    18. Marketing Media – Travel Poster

    International Trade 2016 Posters

    Tourism Malaysia

    19. Marketing Media – Public Relations Campaign

    It’s more fun in the Philippines

    Beautiful Destinations, USA

    20. Marketing Media – Social Media

    Forever Young

    Cox and Kings, India

    21. Marketing Media – Mobile Travel Application

    2016 Shop Guam e-Festival Mobile Campaign

    Guam Visitors Bureau

    22. Marketing Media – Promotional Travel Video

    Ras Al Khaimah: Beyond A Journey

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, UAE

    23. Marketing Media – Web Site

    Best of all, it’s in Hong Kong’ Campaign Site Entry

    Hong Kong Tourism Board

    24. Travel Journalism – Destination Article

    Christine Retschlag

    Go Slow in the Solomons

    wellbeing.com.au, Australia

    25. Travel Journalism – Business Article

    Sri Lanka – Enlightened Serendipity

    Travel Weekly, December 12, 2016

    Northstar Travel Group, USA

    26. Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph

    Thin Fish Drying, Indonesia by Chue Ardi

    Colours Garuda In-flight magazine, September 2016

    Agency Fish, Indonesia

    27. Travel Journalism – Travel Guidebook

    Blue Paradise Thailand

    Tourism Authority of Thailand

    July 27 , 2017


    • Connecting you with the world of travel and tourism

      What they say

      Tourism is a people’s sector. One in 10 people in the world are directly or indirectly employed by tourism. Ours is the responsibility to ensure that tourism benefits each and every community, leaving no one behind.
      Tourism’s sustained growth brings immense opportunities for economic welfare and development. Yet, it also brings in many challenges. Adapting our sector to the challenges of safety and security, to constant market changes, to digitalization and the limits of our natural resources should be priorities in our common action.
      As we move towards a future guided by the universal 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I take upon me to lead UNWTO with a strong focus on building partnerships with public and private sector, fostering jobs and opportunities for all, mastering technology and innovation and advancing sustainability and the fight against climate change.
      I trust that, together with our Member States and our partners from around the world, we can build a more competitive and responsible tourism sector for the benefit of all. I wish you a very happy 2018.
      Zurab Pololikashvili
      UNWTO Secretary-General

      Beautiful China – Year of Integrated Tourism 2018

      China has declared the year 2018 as “Beautiful China-Year of Integrated Tourism”. The slogans are “New Era, New Tourism, New Achievements”; “Region-based Tourism, Brand New Pursuit” according to CNTA.

      Travel Fairs ( Jan.- April 2018 )

       *Vakantiebeurs  -Tourism and Recreation Fair
      Utrecht, Netherlands, January 10-14 ,2018

      *Ferien-Messe Wien Int’l Tourism Fair Vienna Vienna, Austria, Jan 11-14

      * CMT / CMT – Die Urlaubsmesse Holiday, Caravanning, Motoring and Tourism , Stuttgart, Germany Jan. 13-21

      *FITUR – Int’l Tourism Trade Fair , Madrid, Spain Jan. 17-21

      *GO Int’l Travel Trade Fair                                          Brno, Czech Republic, Jan. 18-21

      *OTM Outbound Travel Mart ,Mumbai, India, Jan. 18-20

      *Adventure Travel Show , London  20-21 January

      *ASEAN Tourism Forum ( ATF) , Chiang Mai , Thailnd January 22-26

      *EMITT-  East Mediterranean Int’l Tourism and Travel Exhibition ,Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 25-28

      *SATTE Travel Mart , New Delhi , India            Jan. 31- Feb. 2

      *IMTM – Int’l Mediterranean Tourism Market   Tel Aviv, Israel  , Feb. 6-7

      *India Travel Mart ITM , Ahmedabad, India          Feb. 9-11

      *Travel and Tourism Fair ( TTF) , Chennai , India Feb. 16-18

      *PATA ATRT Conference and Mart , Abu Dhabi , UAE , Feb 21-23

      *Travel and Tourism Fair(TTF) , Bengaluru, India ,Feb. 23-25

      *World Spa and Wellness 2018 , London , UK Feb. 25-26

      *Guangzhou International Travel Fair Guangzhou , China  March 1-3

      *ITB Berlin Berlin , Germany March 7-11

      *Moscow Int. Tourism and Travel Exhibition ( MITT) ,Moscow , Russia March 13-15

      *IT& CM China 2018 , Shanghai , China          March 20 – 22

      *GBTA Conference Mexico City, March 21-23

      *UNWTO World Conference on Snow and Mt. Tourism ,Andorra , March 21-23

      *Arabian Travel Mart –ATM   Dubai , 22-25 April

      Wildlife in Chitawan , Nepal

      Window of Nepal Tourism