Low-budget carrier Vietjet Air has won a Gold Awards 2015 from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for its marketing project “With Vietjet, Saigon is closer”, it revealed on July 23.

This year the PATA Gold Awards received 269 entries from 83 travel and tourism organisations from all over the world, competing in four principal categories – Marketing, Environment, Heritage & Culture and Education & Training.

Vietjet Air is the first and only carrier in Vietnam to be honoured with the award.

It is a rising airline in Vietnam with its fleet of 26 Airbus A320 and A321 jets. The carrier operates 150 flights daily on more than 33 routes, including to Singapore, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, China and Myanmar.

The award ceremony of the annual PATA Gold Awards 2015 will take place on September 8 in Bangalore, India.

Founded in 1951, PATA is an internationally acclaimed non-profit association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia-Pacific region.

The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 governments, state and city tourism bodies and many international airlines, educational institutions and travel companies in Asia and beyond.-VNA