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( The Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, welcomed the CEO and President of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Mr. Peter de Jong, who visited the emirate recently.

Present during the meeting held at One&Only Royal Mirage hotel were the DTCM Executive Director Operations and Marketing, Mr. Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, and Mr. Udaya Indrarathna, DTCM Executive Director for Tourism Affairs -Strategy&Research.

The discussions focused around bilateral relationships between the DTCM and PATA.

They also discussed PATA's ability to provide useful detailed research of mainly Asian markets and how this can be shared with the DTCM.

The opening of a PATA Chapter in Dubai was on the agenda.

Earlier this year, the DTCM had joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) as a member.

Founded in 1951, the Bangkok-headquartered not-for-profit organization is the recognized authority on Pacific Asia travel and tourism and serves the government tourist offices, airlines, hotels and other travel-related companies in the region and beyond.

PATA provides leadership to the collective efforts of more than 45 national government members, 48 state and local tourism bodies, 66 airlines and cruise lines — all in all, nearly 2,000 travel industry companies. PATA membership includes 17,000 travel professionals in over 80 PATA Chapters located throughout the world.

PATA provides leadership to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 international airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. In addition, thousands of travel professionals belong to more than 30 PATA chapters worldwide.

For further information, please contact: *Mohammed Abdul Mannan, Executive, Media Relations Email: Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing P.O. Box 594, Dubai - United Arab Emirates Tel: +9714 2230000 Fax: +9714 2230022

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