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From April 20 to 22, Vancouver will play host to influential industry association, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The association will be holding its 56th Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, as well as the first PATA Foundation Charity Gala Dinner, proceeds of which will be awarded as grants to grassroots tourism related projects in the area of culture, education, environment, and heritage. The meeting program will include the seminar "Asia Pacific Tourism -- The Next Three Years" in which the association's widely-anticipated Asia Pacific Tourism Forecasts 2007-2009 report will be launched.

The meeting is expected to attract 100 delegates, comprised of top executives from the travel industry. Founded in 1951, PATA is the recognized authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism.

The PATA meeting is the first of two prestigious travel industry conferences being held in Vancouver in 2007. From June 3 to 5, the city will host the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) AGM and World Air Transport Summit. The IATA meeting is expected to bring together 700 worldwide representatives from airlines, industry, manufacturers and suppliers as well as a large international media contingent.


Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is the recognised authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel professionals belong to dozens of PATA chapters worldwide.

PATA's mission is to enhance the growth, value and quality of Asia Pacific travel and tourism for the benefit of its membership. PATA is a not-for-profit organisation.

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