The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Skål International have announced a new organizational partnership, recognizing the importance of promoting the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy and Skål International CEO Daniela Otero during the recent 47th Skål Asia Congress in Macao, China.
The agreement commits the two organizations to share knowledge through research and publications, to reciprocate in event participation, to support mutual agreed advocacy positions, and to enhance access for the benefit of members of both organizations.
Dr. Hardy said, “PATA and Skål are very similar in many regards. Like PATA, Skål has a long-storied history having been founded in 1934 and through the years its members have fostered a great spirit of friendship and camaraderie. They are also committed to the development of young tourism professionals and students through Young Skål. This partnership helps align both our missions in developing a responsible tourism industry and look forward to working to with them towards this goal.”
Skål International CEO, Daniela Otero, stated that “the tourism economy in Asia has increased exponentially in recent years and that the agreement was very important for development of Skål in that area.”
In the photo
From l to r, are João Manuel Costa Antunes, president, Skål International Macau; Robert Sohn, president, Skål International Asian Area; Skål International CEO Daniela Otero; PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy; and Skål International President Susanna Saari.