This week, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the new position of their next chairwoman. Liz Ortiguera will take the position as the next CEO effective May 17, 2021, succeeding Dr. Mario Hardy who will finish his term at the end of May. The announcement was made at the Association’s Board Meeting held earlier.
PATA Chair Soon-Hwa Wong said, “We are delighted to welcome Liz to the PATA family, especially as she will be the first Asian American female CEO in PATA’s 70 year history. Her extensive leadership experience across different industries in the Asia Pacific region is what PATA needs to lead the Association to new heights. The Executive Board looks forward to working closely with her as we rebuild a more resilient, responsible, sustainable and stronger travel and tourism industry.”

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according to GlobalData
Peru was the most affected by the pandemic with a 73% drop in international visitors, followed by Venezuela (71%) and Ecuador (70%)
Chile was the least affected with international tourists falling by 25% followed by Argentina (27%) and Colombia (30%)
GlobalData projects South America’s International tourism market will not reach pre-pandemic levels until at least 2022

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Up to 750 attendees allowed for approved events, with pre-event testing and safety protocols in place.
Larger business-to-business (B2B) events in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry are set to return to Singapore with up to 750 attendees with effect from 24 Apr 2021. This is an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees and is in line with the safe and progressive resumption of economic activities in Singapore.

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GlobalData reveals top 10 travel and tourism influencers on Twitter during Q1 2021
An analysis of GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Influencer Platform, which tracks more than 200 leading industry experts and their discussions pertaining to the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation and other popular areas on Twitter, revealed Melvin Bocher, Founder of Traveldudes, as the top Travel and Tourism influencer during the first quarter (Q1) of 2021. He largely shares travel guides related to beautiful travel destinations across the world.

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The IMEX Group is set to create a buzz among the global business meetings and events community with the launch of a new digital platform, IMEX BuzzHub on 12 May.
The new digital experience will run for over four months from May to September.
Powered by Swapcard and managed by award-winning creative agency, Smyle, the IMEX BuzzHub offers the global events community multiple chances to learn, share knowledge and network based on an array of professional and personal interests.
The new concept has been crafted following extensive customer research plus dozens of lessons learned from two editions of PlanetIMEX in 2020. IMEX’s agencies, partners and other experts have played an important role in shaping the content and formats on the IMEX BuzzHub.

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Industry leaders and professionals from across the sector take part in the Dubai Global Events Re-Opening Forum
92% of attendees at Dubai’s global business events rate city as offering world’s best experience, according to survey conducted by world-leading research firm
89% of attendees consider Dubai as “the safest destination in the world”
Key leaders in the business events sector and stakeholders from across Dubai shared their experiences of restarting exhibitions, trade shows and conferences over the last six months at the Dubai Global Events Re-Opening Forum organised o as the global industry looks to follow the city’s lead and recapture momentum.

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