PATA closes Sydney office in restructuring

BANGKOK -- The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) closed its office in Sydney, Australia, the base of its Pacific division, as part of an ongoing organizational restructuring.

Three PATA staffers in Sydney were laid off. Ian Kennedy, who headed the Sydney office until 1997, was retained as a PATA representative in Sydney on a temporary basis.

"We will be adopting a new approach to our presence in the Pacific and to the delivery of our membership services," said Peter de Jong, PATA president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

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