Bangkok, Thailand, May 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to welcome Expedia Group as its newest corporate member. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to adapt and evolve, technological innovations will continue to be a key driver in the recovery of the travel and tourism industry post COVID-19 and beyond That is why we are excited to welcome Expedia Group to the PATA family,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “As Expedia Group has one of the world’s largest full-service travel sites, it is important that we are able to add this voice to our discussions in the renewal of a responsible and sustainable travel and tourism industry.”
Expedia Group powers travel for everyone, everywhere through its global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, they help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. They provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travellers. The Expedia Group family of brands includes Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Vrbo®, Egencia®, trivago®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Hotwire®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, Expedia Local Expert®, CarRentals.com™, and Expedia Cruises™.
“Working with leading organizations like PATA is crucial in helping us achieve our mission of powering global travel for everyone, everywhere,” said Senior Director at Expedia Group Media Solutions, Andrew van der Feltz. “Collaboration is especially important during this challenging period for the travel industry and we are excited to be joining the PATA family. Our membership will bring opportunities for greater engagement with the travel sector in Asia Pacific, which will be vital as we continue to reinvigorate global tourism and drive recovery.”
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its more than 650 member organisations, including 82 government, state and city tourism bodies, 14 international airlines and airports, 71 hospitality organisations and 75 educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 32 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 28 PATA Student Chapters globally. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London.
About Expedia Group
Expedia Group helps knock down the barriers to travel, making it easier, more enjoyable, more attainable and more accessible. We are here to bring the world within reach for customers and partners around the globe. We leverage our platform and technology capabilities across an extensive portfolio of businesses and brands to orchestrate the movement of people and the delivery of travel experiences on both a local and global basis.