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Destination Insight Series: Indonesia with BBC & PATA

The panel discussions will provide a 360° local perspective of each destinations’ on-ground activities and preparations (operational, marketing, communications, etc.).

In 2020, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), in partnership with BBC World News, launched the Destination Insight Series to take a close look at various destinations around the Asia Pacific region and examine how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing towards recovery. The high-level fireside chat and panel discussion will provide a 360° local perspective of each destinations’ on-ground activities from operations, safety protocols and guidelines, to marketing, communications, and other promotional activities.

The next episode will focus on Wonderful Indonesia, a country blessed with countless wonders where everyone can enjoy its natural and cultural wonders. What makes this country unique is its diverse culture and magnificent nature, which should be celebrated and preserved by everyone.

Programme Structure:

Fireside Chat with BBC: one-on-one interview
Insights on Indonesia from BBC
Destination Panel Discussions
Audience Q&A


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Amanda Syrowatka, General Manager, Viceroy Bali

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John Williams, Vice President Advertising Sales – Singapore & South East Asia, BBC Global News Limited

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Carmen Roberts, Presenter, BBC’s The Travel Show

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Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, PATA

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