As a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) had the privilege to attend the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 “Growth with Goals” held on November 28-30, 2018 in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Ms. Marie Andrea Nabeyama, Secretary of the PVA Board and Mrs. Andrea V. Naivana Marketing & Programs Manager, attended on behalf of PVA’s Management and its Board members. The PATA forum is designed to assist secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognized, bucket-listed tourism destinations.
The informative two-day program consisted of a one-day conference, networking events and day of on-ground activities. Tours were provided to delegates with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the region natural landscapes and cultural treasures.
One of the inspirational tours was the Makin de Farmily, where lies a farmstay and learning center created by Ms. Chongrak. The idea of creating a farmstay and learning center was realized when she grasped the need for a business to help the community and provide jobs for her family.
At the center, visitors are offered hands-on activities such as, rice harvesting using local equipment, and cultural culinary techniques like making Som Tam (Papaya Salad) and sticky rice to get the authentic cultural experience.
Chongrak’s endearing story serves as an inspiration and with that, PVA greatly encourages entrepreneurialism and innovation and continues to work with state governments, and various organizations and individuals to promote and further develop their resources to create sustainable activities, all while providing a wholesome experience to both locals and visitors.
The next PATA Destination Marketing Forum has been confirmed to be held on November Thailand Pattaya, November 27-29 2019. All full details will be provided at www.patat.org.
PVA is responsible for generating awareness about tourism to all segments of the community in Palau to ensure that the Palauan People understand what tourism is about, what it does, and how it affects our island nation. (PR)