The Philippines department of tourism hosting PATA annual summit in May

Published on : Saturday, March 30, 2019

Many of PATA’s powerful members are the important people of traditional hotel chains and they view Airbnb as a threat that has turned into a formidable opponent.


The Philippines’ Department of Tourism, is hosting the 9-12 May PATA annual summit at the Radisson Blu Cebu in Cebu, Philippines.


PATA CEO Mario Hardy said that it is “nearly impossible to talk about the travel and tourism industry without mentioning Airbnb and its impact on the sector.”


He added, “This is an incredible opportunity for our members and delegates to hear from a true innovator and gain deeper insights into how global travel is changing.”


PAS 2019 is a four-day event hosted this year in a fascinating city that has seen a lot of disasters and setbacks. Cebu was named the country’s oldest city famed for its beaches, religious culture and a colonial heritage reflecting its distinctive architecture.


Hotel groups are of the opinion that Airbnb should be governed by the same legislation and tax systems, but Airbnb resists this view.


Following a one-day opening conference, PATA will again partner with the UNWTO to organize a half-day UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate. Airbnb will be the official debate topic partner for that event.


In the meantime, delegates will be booking their stays at traditional hotel chains. The Dusit Group, headquartered in Bangkok has announced that it would open its newest property in Cebu this weekend.


Cebu is attracting more hotel groups based in Asia following the recent opening of Mactan International Airport.

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