Macau has been chosen as the host city for the Pacific Asia Travel Association Travel Mart 2010 — the first time the mart will be held in the special administrative region.
One thousand five hundred participants are expected to take part in the event which is one of the most widely recognized travel trade shows for Asia Pacific. It serves as a travel contracting and networking platform that attracts many high-profile buyers and exhibitors every year.
Founded in 1951, PATA's membership boasts about 100 government, state, and city tourism bodies, more than 70 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel industry professionals belong to PATA chapters worldwide. The Macau Government Tourist Office has been a member of PATA since 1966 and the PATA Macau chapter was set up in 1983.
The recent PATA Travel Mart 2008 — in Hyderabad,India — attracted over 1,000 trade delegates, including 374 global buyers, 715 Asia Pacific sellers, and a strong contingent of international media. Mainland China sent a delegation of 80 buyers and sellers to the mart — the next PATA Travel Mart will be held in Hangzhou in 2009.