SAN FRANCISCO -- A task force of the Pacific Asia Travel
Association recommended that the tourism promotion organization
move its headquarters from here to Singapore. PATA's board of
directors approved the yearlong study's 11 recommendations, the
most controversial of which is the anticipated move to Singapore.
Although the report did not set a relocation date, previous
statements by the organization point to a move sometime around
If the move occurs, PATA said it will maintain marketing offices
in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The report also
recommended a review of PATA's membership structure in relation to
dues and services and the construction of a flexible, three-year
rolling business plan instead of the current one-year plan.
In other news, PATA interviewed six candidates for its vacant
president-chief executive officer position; a decision is expected
in three to four weeks.