Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Malaysians’ hospitality makes Pata meeting a success

KUCHING: Malaysians’ hospitality, particularly the people of Sarawak, the state government, Tourism Malaysia and related agencies has made the hosting of the Pacific Area Travel Association (Pata) Annual Meeting here a successful bid, says Pata immediate-past chairman Phonsiri Manoharn.“The meeting has been very successful. It is the 59th annual meeting for all our Pata members. Malaysians’ hospitality, especially the people of Sarawak, are friendly and marvellous.

“They are friendly and helpful. Since we arrive at the airport, they have been taking good care and make us feel at home,” she told Bernama at a tree- planting event to mark the five-day Pata annual meeting at the Borneo Convention Centre beginning last Friday.

Describing her experience when she first set foot at the Kuching International Airport, Manoharn said she was amazed by the scenic surrounding and cleanliness of the airport.

“I was so surprised at the airport, it’s so beautiful, it’s very clean and brand new. I’ve never been to Sarawak before and Kuching especially,” she said.

She said the Borneo Convention Centre, the venue of the meeting, has state-of-the-art facilities.

“The venue itself is very good and the people there did their best to make us feel comfortable,” she said.

On the meeting, Manoharn said Pata elected a new chairman, Hiran Cooray, from Sri Lanka and a new team of board committee members.

The meeting also addressed several matters including deciding Macau as the next venue for Pata meeting in September and Beijing to host the meeting in April 2011.

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