The PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018), under the theme ‘Building Bridges, Connecting People: How Collaboration Creates Opportunities’ started in Gangnueng, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea on May 17. The summit saw 372 delegates from 182 organizations representing 41 destinations. There were also 50 university students and student chapter representatives from eight destinations as delegates.
Hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Gangwon Province, the summit included the Association’s executive and advisory board meetings, annual general meeting (AGM), PATA Youth Symposium, PATA Insights Lounge, the UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate and a one-day conference.
“The PATA Annual Summit is a unique opportunity for us to highlight the issues that are affecting our industry, and for our delegates from both the public and private sector to come together to addresses the challenges and opportunities facing our various organisations,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.
During the one-day conference on May 18, delegates had the great opportunity to hear from former Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki-moon during a special keynote session which also featured a one on one interview with BBC World News Presenter & Producer, Sharanjit Leyl.
Delegates also heard from a diverse line-up of international thought leaders and industry shapers on various topics concerning global tourism.