Tourism Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region



Everybody is talking about China, India, and Vietnam…what is really going on in the fastest growing tourism destination in the world?I have had the pleasure to sit down with Peter de Jong, CEO of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the Asia Pacific region. In particular, Peter addressed the issue around climate change, and how the markets such as China, India, and Vietnam have to focus on infrastructure issues and sustainability in order to be able to cope with the increasing demand. These are all topics that will be addressed at the innovative “PATA CEO Challenge” around Climate Change, held in Bangkok from April 28-30, 2008.

The Tips from the T-List will be there with a new e-Book version for the event, having added a section on climate change and sustainable tourism, as well as with a real-live webcast in collaboration with Travelmole, to broadcast the opening and closing sessions directly from Bangkok and invite bloggers, members of the media, and travel and tourism professionals to take part in the conversation. The interactive summit, featuring Dr. Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as keynote speaker, will be co-moderated by my very good friend Anna Pollock.


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2008-04-28 19:04:54

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Comment by Jean
2008-06-27 13:28:14

True. “infrastructure and sustainability” are the two big issues for China’s tourism, at least. China is in no short of travel resources, either nature or culture. But certain local infrastructure(sometimes service level as well) and short-term developing plans are disappointing.

Comment by Kevin
2008-09-02 08:25:44

These issues are very simular to that in Oceania and as a tourist we should all take notice.
This is quite informative and should be taken seriously.
In Australia here to keep tourists coming we need everyone to be aware of these issues.


Comment by Olga Lednichenko
2008-09-09 02:52:12

I got a positioning issue: Here is a post:By Olga Ledncihenko
Tourism, General Knowledge and Positioning: Around the world in 3 Words: Country Spot Light: Vietnam: By Olga Lednichenko
•September 8, 2008 • No Comments (Edit)

This is my mini-series. We will cover he world. In Israel we read from Right to Left. So, we will cover most nations, from East to West. The title of the post is a bit misleading. It would be better if tourism was replaced by Positioning. But, for now lets stick to that.

Now Close your eyes and shift East. Think Vietnam: What do you see – eyes wide shut?

Can you name those 3 things you see ? Let me guess:

1. Vietnam War
2. Rice
3. Poor. Peace and East

Comment by Trust in India
2009-03-04 22:15:35

It is good to know that there had been discussions regarding facing the challenges that are threatening the progress of tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

Comment by Paul Martin
2009-08-13 04:50:47

When talking about China, some tourism experts still imagine that Chinese tourists are a category of “poor” people looking for the cheapest possible hotels and tours. This could have been true ten years ago, but it is definitely not true anymore. Most of Chinese outbound tourists are looking for quality hotels and resorts, and are ready to pay for. It is a huge marketing and intercultural mistake to offer Chinese travelers only cheap travel opportunities : Dare to offer them the best services.


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