PATA launches rebuilding fund for Myanmar and China


Saddened by the tragedy unfolding in Myanmar due to Cyclone Nargis and the Earthquake in Sichuan, China, PATA Foundation launched the PATA Foundation Rebuilding Fund on May 15.

Many of the victims are part of the travel community, and the Fund’s primary goal is to help rebuild the lives of tourism industry employees in the affected areas of the two destinations. The Fund will be administered by the PATA Foundation, the charitable arm of PATA, which for the last 24 years has made a significant difference by delivering contributions to grassroots conservation, cultural heritage and educational projects in Asia Pacific.

While major relief operations are now aimed at saving lives and rebuilding physical infrastructure, the PATA Foundation is focusing its response on recovery process of tourism communities and organizations.

In order to assure that donations are used wisely, PATA and the PATA Foundation plan to and have invited recommendations from the
people who are in the best position to know what is needed – the National Tourism Offices, the regional authorities, local PATA Chapters, as well as members who are on the ground – to recommend and submit proposals for recovery projects. The Foundation will carefully assess these proposals and allocate the funds to the
most worthy projects. PATA Foundation will ensure that only highly- reputable organizations and community-based action groups, including universities, government training institutes, national chambers of commerce, trade associations and specialized agencies are engaged to implement the programs.

For more information, please contact Ms. Ratana, Director –
Board & Foundation Relations at