PATA Establishes ‘Expert Task Forces’ To Address Issues

At a recent board meeting, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has made crucial changes to the structure of its organisational governance.

Over the last three years, PATA has been analysing top organisational models

It has consulted several experts to create a design that enables better and efficient outcomes along with engaged participation.

The recent changes are a shift from an appointed board to an elected board by all members. This has also significantly reduced in size along with a fully elected executive board.


A unique aspect of this new structure is a shift from an expansive array of committees to ‘expert task forces’ (ETFs). This task force will aim to seek the knowledge and experience within the PATA network and accordingly address issues that grapple the association as well as the travel industry. The ETFs’ goal is to focus on a specific task within a specified time-frame. Upon completion, it will disband. As and when new issues arise, new ETFs will be formed.

This will enable active engagement of members in a dynamic and meaningful way. This will in turn support PATA’s purpose of continuing the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

Chris Bottrill, Immediate Past Chair, had overseen the governance redesign during his tenure as chair. “I believe the meetings last week were a pivotal moment for PATA. Through the work of dedicated leaders and the input of members, we have committed to a new design that builds upon the legacy of PATA and sets us up for future growth, impact, and success. It is a proud moment for the PATA community to have embraced change with the goal of strengthening the association now and for the future,” he said.

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