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Bill Clinton to keynote PATA annual conference

Bangkok: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA<.>), has confirmed that President William J. Clinton will deliver…

Bangkok: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA<.>), has confirmed that President William J. Clinton will deliver the keynote address, "Tourism — Looking Ahead and Beyond," at the 51st PATA Annual Conference, April 14-18, 2002 in New Delhi, India. The Conference will be inaugurated by H.E. Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India.

"Securing President Clinton as our keynote speaker emphasises the world-class level of the Conference agenda," said Mr. Bill Calderwood, Chairman of the PATA Annual Conference Programme Committee. "We look forward to welcoming him to our assembly of travel industry leaders."

Mr. Clinton was elected President of the United States of America in 1992, and again in 1996 — the first Democratic president to be awarded a second term in six decades. Under his leadership, the U.S. enjoyed the strongest economic growth in a generation and the longest period of economic expansion in the country's history. President Clinton's core values of building community, creating opportunity and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs — more than any other administration; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership rate in history.

His accomplishments included increasing investment in education, providing tax relief for working families, helping millions of Americans move from welfare to work, expanding access to technology, encouraging investment in underserved communities, and promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world.

"President Clinton's participation will provide an additional incentive for our members to attend the Conference," said Mr. Peter de Jong, CEO of PATA. "We are delighted that he has agreed to share his global vision with PATA delegates."