Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 (Virtual PTM 2021), organised in conjunction with the Sichuan International Travel Expo (SITE) with the support of the Leshan Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau and powered by official virtual partner Dragon Trail International, attracted 573 delegates from 69 global destinations. The delegate numbers embraced 242 sellers from 226 organisations and 30 destinations, along with 163 buyers from 156 organisations and 39 source markets.
“While border restrictions have been more conservative in Asia-Pacific than other regions, the latent growth for the future is still here. The foundation is being built for a safer, more resilient, responsible and sustainable global travel and tourism industry. Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2021 is just a small example of how we can support each other in these times of crisis,” said Liz Ortiguera, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). “I would like to thank all of you who joined us for this event as we continue to support a strengthened, more evolved travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
Virtual PTM 2021 officially opened on Thursday, September 2 and ran until Sunday, September 5. The event offered two full business days of business appointments across all time zones on September 2-3, as well as two trade visitor days on September 4-5.
In addition to the business-to-business travel contracting, the event included various forums, including Destination Recovery Insights from Azerbaijan; Guam; Kiribati; Macao, China; Nepal; Sabah, Sarawak, and Thailand. Delegates also were able to join several insight sessions from various stakeholders from across all segments of the industry.
On Friday, September 3, Virtual PTM delegates had the opportunity to join a special live stream of the opening ceremony of the Sichuan International Travel Expo (SITE). Furthermore, various games and giveaways allowed delegates a chance to win travel giveaways and prizes from sponsors and partners.
Buyers, sellers, visitors and media can still access the Virtual PTM 2021 platform until October 5, 2021 to message participants and view all previous forums and sessions on demand.
For more information about the event, visit https://www.pata.org/ptm or email ptm@PATA.org.