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PATA Establishes Travel Advisory Code

Travel Association Striving for a Shared View of the Role and Function of Official Government Travel Advisories.

(10/26/2004) Just released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association's (PATA) President and CEO, Peter de Jung, the PATA Code for Fair Travel Advisories Issuance has been formally endorsed by the organization's board.

Intended to promote closer cooperation between issuing bodies, such as governments and travel industry stakeholders, PATA is working to promote the code in public forums. At the same time PATA is working behind the scenes to have industry players included in travel advisory councils who issue travel advisories; brokering dialogues between PATA member destinations and source market governments when members feel current warnings are unclear or unjustified; promote the "PATA Code for Fair Travel Advisory Issuance" to governments who have issued warning detrimental to Asia-Pacific destinations; and seek a standardized international approach to the way in which travel advisories are issued.

PATA Code for Fair Travel Advisory Issuance

The main points of the new PATA Code include:

The system for advisory information gathering and implementation should be made more transparent.

The economic and social effects of the advisory on target destinations must be taken into account and reconciled with other objectives such as support for overseas development and the alleviation of poverty, especially in developing economies.

Open consultation between stakeholders both in the issuing countries and the destinations affected.

Advisories must be proportionate to the real risk.

Advisories must be updated quickly, especially to reflect events which have already become public knowledge.

Out of date information should be removed as soon as possible.

Warnings should be lifted or lowered as soon as practical.

All destinations should be treated equally.

As far as possible, destinations governments should be informed in advance of changes to the travel advisory, and the underlying reason for the changes.