PAKISTAN ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS

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Pakistan Association of Tour Operators (PATO)

With their nationwide networks and supportive infrastructure, PATO members can help to organize tours anywhere in Pakistan. Moreover, since PATO itself closely monitors the level of service offered by these members, the quality is always kept high. Uniformity in price, timeliness in delivery, and optimality in service – are the hallmarks of ALL PATO members.

So, being an overseas tour operator, if you associate with a PATO member, you are assured of value-for-money services for your customers and thereby, retain the trust they bestow upon you. Alliance with a PATO member means getting better exposure and increasing business!

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The basic concept to establish this private, non-commercial,-profitable, non-political, non-government, non-sectarian social welfare organization, is the following,

  • To promote tourism in Pakistan.
  • To protect and promote the interests of all concerned licensed tour operators Department of Tourism, Government of Pakistan and handling or conducting individual or group tour packages within Pakistan.
  • To established and maintain a good relationship with, as well as render any assistance, information, or advice to the Government of Pakistan, particularly the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Tourism, and other related Federal or Provincial Government or semi-Government institutions dealing with Tourism or Tourism related issues, and to negotiate or enter into agreements with the Federal or Provincial Governments and their tourism-related institutions, in order to protect and secure the best interest of the Members.
  • To establish and maintain a good relationship with, as well as render any assistance, information, or advice to the associations or concerns supplying ancillary services to the Members, such as hoteliers, transporters, etc. and to negotiate agreements with these associations and or concerns in order to protect and secure the best interest of the Members.
  • To establish a code of conduct and ethics to enable the Company to enforce discipline among the Members and suppliers of ancillary, services, e.g. transporters, handicraft shops, etc.
  • To promote education and training in the field of Tourism, and to assist study and research in the field of tourism by, but not limited to, providing scholarships and instituting chairs and fellowships in Pakistan educational institutions.
  • To undertake special inquiries and initiate action for securing the redress of legitimate grievances of the Members of the Company will resolve controversies amongst the Members of the association.
  • To arbitrate in the settlement of disputes arising out of commercial transactions between Members, or Members and third parties if the parties involved agree to abide by the decisions of the Arbitrators appointed by the Company.
  • To establish and maintain an information bureau whose purpose will be to collect, print or publish, or otherwise disseminate statistical or other data and information for the promotion of the objects of the Company.
  • To establish, promote or assist in establishing or promoting and subscribe to or become a Member of any other association or club whose objects are similar or in part similar to the objects of the Company or the establishment or promotion of which may be beneficial to the Company.
  • To arrange and convene seminars, lectures, meetings, conferences, etc., on subjects involving the interests of the Members of the Company.
  • To affiliate with any national or international trade organization having objects and aims altogether or in part similar to those of this Company for the purpose of securing the aims and objects of the Company.
  • To open accounts with Banks and to draw, make, accept, endorse, execute issues, negotiate and discount cheques, promissory notes, Bills of Exchange, Bills of Landing, warrants deposit notes debentures, and other negotiable instruments and securities.
  • To invest the surplus money of the Company not immediately required for the activities of the Company upon such securities and in such manner, as may from time to time be determined but not to act as an investment company.
  • To rise, borrow money from time to time if so required for any of the purposes of the Company by receiving advances of any, sums of money with or without security upon such terms, as the Executive Committee May deem, expedient.
  • To frame bye-laws, rules, and regulations for the conduct of the Members, office-bears, and officers of the Company in the carrying out of the various objects of the Company.
  • To bring suits and or actions either in civil, criminal, revenue, or other courts in the name of Company under the signature of the Chairman or Secretary or to defend any action against the Company. 
  • To carry out such other lawful functions as may be incidental or conducive to the above aims and objects.
  • To defend any proceeding in which the general interest of the Company is involved and to work generally for the welfare of the Members of the Company.
  • And, generally, to do all that may be necessary directly or indirectly for the realization of the, above aims and objects of the Company.
  • The liability of the Members is limited.
  • Every Member of the Company undertakes to contribute to the assets of the Company in the event of it being wound up while he is a Member, or within one year afterward, for the payment of the debts or liabilities of the Company contracted before he ceases to be a Member, and the costs and charges of and expenses of winding up and for adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves, such amount as may be required not exceeding one thousand rupees.
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b) CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP


Any tour operator who has a license of operation from the Directorate of Tourist Services, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan can be a member of the association; however, the other qualities will be the following,

Has a reputable character and is of sound mind
Agrees with and supports the aims & objectives of the Association
Agrees to abide by the rules & regulations, constitution, and bye-laws of the Association
Agrees to pay the prescribed fees of the Association
Has not convicted by any court of law for moral defense


b) CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP


The membership of the Association is divided into the following categories,

  • Regular Member


A person who fulfills the conditions laid down under the article IV-A shall become an active member, of the Association on payment off donations and membership fee i.e. Rs. 5000.00 only.

  • Life Member


A person can become a life member of the Association on paying the prescribed fee at the time of application.

  • Co-opted Member / Associate Member


A person, who assists the Association by’ collecting or presenting donations or advertisement or provide support to the Association in any shape, can be offered for a co­-opted or associate membership. No fee is required for this category of membership however he has to fulfill the terms & conditions of the Association.

  • Honorary Member


A person who proved useful for the benefits of the Association can be offered an honorary membership by the organization of the Association. No fee is required for honorary membership however he has to fulfill the terms & conditions of the Association.

c) PROCEDURE OF MEMBERSHIP

  1. For Regular t: Life Membership A person desirous to become a regular or life member can apply Oil the prescribed form for membership. The Association reserves the right to reject any application, finding substantial proof that the applicant does not fulfill the terms & conditions of the Association. If the applicant does not receive from the Association any intimation about turning down his application within 30 days of submission of an application that means the application has been approved for the membership. 2. For Co-opted / Associate Membership Co-opted / Associate members will be nominated and selected by the executive committee of the Association or by the Chairman, 3. For Honorary Membership The executive committee of the Association can recommend a person for honorary membership or Chairman can approve a person for this category.


d) PROCEDURE OF REJECTION

The Association reserves the right to reject any application for membership without assigning any reason to the applicant. However, the applicant May request for revision of the decision within 60 days from the day of decision. May appeal to the Chairman after rejecting the application twice from the organization of the Association! The decisions of the Chairman will be final.


c) RIGHTS & PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS

  1. All the regular members can cast a vote in the general body elections of the Association. 2. All the regular members can participate in general body election as a candidate for seat/post 3. All members of the Association have the right to participate in general meetings and functions of the Association. 4. All members can give their written suggestions for matters concerning the Association affairs 5. A member with account dues can’t participate in elections or in voting

f) PROCEDURE OF SUSPENSION AND CANCELLATION


Membership can be suspended or cancelled on the following grounds.

  • Non Payment of Subscription


Membership can be suspended or cancelled on non-payment of dues or arrears of subscription or other accounts. I however the finance secretary will issue a notice to all the members in arrears, after 15 days from the date of expiry. This notice will allow the member to clear his dues within 30 days from the issue date of the notice. After the expiry of the first notice and not depositing the arrears, the last and final notice will be issued, allowing another 15 days to pay the dues. In case of failure of deposit of dues, the membership will be cancelled.

  • Absence From Association’s Meetings


A member who fails to attend four consecutive meetings of the Association, without prior intimation and without justification of his act, will cease to be a member of the general body or executive board, as the case may be.

  • Conduct / Behavior


Being proved the conduct of a person to be prejudicial to the interest of the Association or is calculated to bring the Association into disrepute, he shall be given a notice of 7 days to clear his position. finding unsatisfactory reply, he may either administer a warning or maybe asked 10 to resign from his membership. failure 10 accepting both options, the organization may decide the cancellation of the membership.


g) PROCEDURE OF RESIGNATION


A member may, of his own accord, terminate his membership by sending his resignation, after clearing all the dues outstanding against him.


h) PROCEDURE OF REINSTATEMENT / RESTORATION


A person can apply for the reinstatement/restoration of his suspended/cancelled membership. The application may be considered for reinstatement /Restoration with the final decision of the Chairman.

PATO MEMBERS DIRECTORY

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OFFICIAL WEBSITE

To Know More About PATO Please Visit Its Official Website

www.pato.org.pk