PATA Canada Is Back

After 8 months of behind the scenes work to validate the concept, gather consensus, PATA Canada is about to go live with an incredible 27 Founding Members. The association says it’s ready to have fun and bring the power of PATA to the retail trade in Canada. PATA Canada will be the resource for Asia Pacific for the Canadian travel trade. It will be membership based with retail agencies enjoying complimentary membership and suppliers paying annual membership dues of $250.

The PATA Canada Board for 2015-2016 is:

  • President – Rocky Lo, Air Canada
  • Treasurer – Judi Pym, Centara Hotels & Resorts
  • Membership – Doug Vogl, Centricity
  • Programs – Sandra Ngoh-Fonseka, Tourism Malaysia

Barbara Dirnberger will fill the supporting role of Executive Director.

PATA Canada will launch on April 22, 2015 in Markham at the Diamond Restaurant with the Founding Members in attendance. The PATA Party will also offer the opportunity for agents living outside the Greater Toronto Area to join the celebration virtually. Registration to attend will open in conjunction with the launch of PATA Canada’s web site which will have a directory of airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and tourist boards that sell product to the Asia Pacific region.

Founding members include: Air Canada, Airliners, Asia World Indonesia, Canada One, Cathay Pacific, Centara Hotels and Resorts, China National Tourist Office, Delta Airlines, Goway, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Huntington Travel, India Tourism, Jade Tours, Japan National Tourist Office, Journey the Globe, Korean National Tourist Office, Plaza Premium Lounge (Canada), Royal Scenic, Silk Holidays, Tian Bao, Tour East, Tourcan Vacations, Tourism Australia, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Malaysia and Yatra Exotic Routes.

Seen in the photo, from l to r, are Air Canada’s Rocky Lo; Silk Holidays’ Popsy Chan; Barb Dirnberger, Hong Kong Airlines; HKTB’s Michael Lim; and Rosanna Panetta, industry consultant.

For contact Barbara Dirnberger at (416) 821-1462 or visit .