§ 1: Purpose
PATA Chapter Norway is a Norwegian non-profit organization based in Norway, but the organization is linked to PATA International, with its’ headquarters in Bangkok.
The regulations of PATA Norway Chapter shall not be in conflict with the international rules for PATA. In the event of such a conflict, the international regulatons will over right the local regualtion as far as Norwegian law allows.

PATA Norway Chapter is a voluntary organization for everyone associated with the travel industry who work with or have an interest in working with the Asia-Pacific region as a tourist destination.

PATA Norway Chapter will primarily work with:
– Training and development for businesses and employees in the industry.
– Arrangement of information about destinations, products, events
– Measures to strengthen the promotion of PATA’s geographical area.
– Construction of networks between Norwegian members and counterparts in PATA countries.
– Focusing and development of new potential destinations in PATA area.
– Assistance for the development of sustainable tourism in PATA area.
– Other measures to strengthen the region in a tourism context.

§ 2: Members
Members of PATA Norway Chapter are:
– Travel companies and tourism related businesses who work or have an interest in working with Asia and the Pacific.
– Individuals working in companies with connections to Asia and Pacific Region
– Journalists with tourism as a field of study.

Applications for membership are considered by the Board of PATA Norway Chapter, who can deny this if the applicant is associated with conditions that could lead to loss of or diminished reputation in the industry.

§ 2.1: Voting
– Individuals/journalists have the right to make proposals but have no voting rights at the General Assembly.

§ 3: Subscription
Membership dues are approved at the Annual General Assembly for the upcoming business year.

§ 4: General
The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body.
This must be held before the 15th of March each year. Written notice date. mail or e-mail shall be made with at least 14 days notice.
Matters to be taken up at the Annual General Meeting must be submitted in writing to the Board / Secretariat at least four weeks before the meeting.

At the General Meeting, the following matters will be on the agenda:
– Approval of the notice and the agenda.
– Mapping of the votes.
– constitution; election of chairman, secretary and 2 people to sign the protocol.
– Directors’ report.
– Accounting and audit report.
– Determination of dues.
– Presentation of the budget.
– Selection according to § 6
– Incoming cases.

By voting, each member has one vote. All cases, except cases involving statutes and closure (see § § 11 and 12), are decided by a simple majority of those present. In the event of a tie, the Chairman has the casting vote.

§ 5: Extraordinary General Meeting
An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened if the Board or at least 10% of the members require it.

The notice shall be in writing date. mail or e-mail at least 14 days notice, including documentation of the case that is causing the summons. Only issue (s) that are the basis for the notice will be dealt with

§ 6: The Board
The Board consists of a Chairman and Vice Chairman, both of which are elected separately.
Four to eight board members and two alternate members are elected.
The board is elected at AGM according to the proposals of the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee, which shall consist of three members is proposed by the Board and elected by the General Assembly. The term for all members of the Board is two years and alternates just 1 year. It all adds up to a rotation where half of the board is elected each year.

The Board of Directors constitutes itself on the first board meeting after the AGM.

The Board has a quorum when at least half of the members are present at the meeting. By vote, the chairman has the casting vote.

§ 7: Secretariat
The Board is considers a secretarial solution of based on what it considers appropriate and economically viable, and with regard to impartiality issues.

§ 8: Business year
The business year and thus the financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December.

§ 9: Resignation
Resignation must be in writing and shall be communicated PATA Norway Chapter by the end of October, effective from and the subsequent business year.

§ 10: Exclusion
A member of PATA Norway Chapter may be excluded if:
– Dues are not paid by normal reminder of the requirement.
– The member behave disloyally in relation to PATA’s organization.
– The member otherwise acts in a manner that may bring the organization into disrepute.

In the last two cases, the Board brings the matter up at the meeting for a decision.

§ 11: Amendments
Amendments to the Articles of Association can only happen after a decision by the general meeting. The proposal must achieve two thirds majority of those present for the vote to be valid.

§ 12: Closure
A proposal for the closure of the association can only be adopted by a two thirds majority of those present at the meeting.
To be valid, a decision on the closure must be taken both at an ordinary and an extraordinary general meeting.
These general meetings must be held at least 4 weeks apart.
It must in this case also be examined what will happen with the organization’s assets and liabilities before the said decisions are made.

§ 13: Effective
These regulations are adopted at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 25 February 2015 and will apply with immediate effect.

PATA Chapter Bylaws August 2010
PATA Chapter Handbook April 2012 

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