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