Bhutan to host three days international tourism conference and mart
Bhutan will be hosting a three day international tourism conference and mart 2015 in Thimphu under the theme “Explore beyond Tourism – Celebrate Happiness”. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) which is organizing the conference hopes to bring together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss and create new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry, which will be held from 4th to 6th February 2015.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) founded in 1951 is a nonprofit organization that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to , from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provide aligned ad- vocacy , insight research and innovative events to its member organizations comprising 90 government state and city tourism bodies , nearly 30 international airlines , airports and cruise lines , 57 educational institutes and hundreds of travel industry in Asia and Pacific.
According to the press release from PATA the conference will take place in the Kingdom’s
capital city of Thimphu, located in the western Bhutan region. The capital is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the kingdom. The city is home to spectacular landscapes, monasteries and sacred sites, including the famous Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, a variety of markets and the Buddha Dordenma Statue.”
The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.
This year- 2015, Bhutan has declared the Visit Bhutan 2015 to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of the 4th King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Colorful festival, events and activities will be held in different part of Bhutan and will be celebrated throughout the year
On the three days conference Dasho Karma Ura from Centre for Bhutan Studies will make a key note address on celebrate happiness: linking National Philosophy to Tourism, Karma Lotey, CEO of Yangphel Adventure Travel will present a paper on future trends of adventure travel and Dr. Lam Dorji , Executive Director of RSPN on public-private sector’s successes and challenges in community based tourism: balancing financial aspect and sustain- able development along with other 14 speakers including Mandip Singh Soin the founder and managing director of Ibex Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.
The conference e will be held at the Royal Banquet hall and is hosted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Druk Air, Bhutan Airlines, Tashi Taj, ABTO, Yangphel Adventure and Hotel Kisa..