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Submissions invited for PATA Face of the Future 2019

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:22
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To highlight PATA’s commitment to HCD, the Association annually presents a special award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is now accepting submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2019. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.

PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. As part of its activities, the Association is dedicated to human capital development (HCD) across the broad spectrum of the travel and tourism industry. The primary focus of the Association’s HCD programme is the development of the ‘Young Tourism Professional’ (YTP).

To highlight PATA’s commitment to HCD, the Association annually presents a special award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry. All recipients of this prestigious award have exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission.

The PATA Face of the Future 2019 will be invited to join the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer. The winner will also be provided a speaking opportunity at the PATA Youth Symposium and the half-day UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate during the PATA Annual Summit 2019 from May 9-12 in Cebu, Philippines. In addition, the PATA Face of the Future 2019 will receive complimentary round-trip economy class air ticket and accommodation to attend the Association’s Dinner and Awards Presentation during the event.

Other benefits include: 

  • Recognition as the PATA Face of the Future 2019 including the use of a corresponding brand identity logo
  • Mentorship opportunity with PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy
  • Opportunities to speak at other PATA events or partner events on behalf of PATA
  • Global media exposure via PATA’s far-reaching communication channels
  • Opportunity to participate in PATA Committee meetings as an ‘Observer’. Join international discussions and grow your professional network in various sectors including Aviation/Carrier, Government/Destination, Hospitality, HCD, Industry Council and Sustainability
  • Build your profile as a mentor for the PATA Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Mentorship Programme to develop young tourism professional students in the region
  • Complimentary registration to one PATAcademy-HCD workshop of your choice (July 1-2 or November 25-26, 2019)
  • One blog post about your passion and journey to success

“PATA continues to place great emphasis on human capital development within the Asia Pacific region and our yearly Face of the Future award provides us with the perfect opportunity to showcase a young tourism professional who is making a meaningful and effective contribution to the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “The PATA Face of the Future winner will lend a voice to young tourism professionals everywhere, not only during the panel session at the PATA Annual Summit in Cebu, Philippines but as a non-voting member of our Executive Board.”

The PATA Annual Summit 2019, generously hosted by the Department of Tourism, Philippines, brings together international thought leaders, industry shapers, and senior decision-makers who are professionally engaged with the Asia Pacific region, attracting 200-400 delegates from 30+ countries. The Summit serves both as the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and as a global tourism forum for enhancing the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

The 4-day programme consists of the association’s executive and advisory board meetings, annual general meeting, and the PATA Youth Symposium; and a one-day conference that addresses major issues relevant to the travel and tourism industry. In addition, PATA in partnership with the UNWTO will be holding a half-day UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate. 

Past PATA Face of the Future

2018     Abdulla Ghiyas, President of the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Maldives      
2017     Mr Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO and Co-founder of Tripfez, Malaysia
2016     Mr Danny Ho, Executive Pastry Chef, Hotel ICON, Hong Kong SAR
2015     Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Há – the Educational Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macau SAR
2014     Ms Soulinnara Ratanavong, Teacher/Trainer at the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith), Lao PDR
2013     Mr Jame Mabey, Senior Director of Development, Marco Polo Hotels, Hong Kong SAR
2012     Mr Justin Malcolm, General Manager, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, & Chairman of the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter, Thailand
2011      Ms Tavalea Nilon, Miss Samoa 2010, Samoa
2010     Mr Toney K Thomas,  Programme Director & Senior Lecturer of the School of Tourism, Events & Recreation, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia
2009     Mr Andrew Nihopara, Marketing Manager, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Fiji
2008     Mr Kenneth Low, Director Strategy – Asia Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Singapore
2007     Mr Tran Trong Kien, CEO, Buffalo Tours, Vietnam
2006     Mr Shikher Prasai, Managing Director, Natraj Tours & Travels, Nepal
2005     Ms Sally Hollis, Manager, Tourism Council of Western Australia, Australia
2004     Ms Silvia Sitou, Head of the Research & Planning Department, Macau Government Tourist Office, Macau SAR
2003     Mr Vivek Sharma, Sales & Marketing Manager – Eastern USA, SITA World Tours, United States
2002     Mr Mayur (Mac) Patel, Founder, eTravelConsult.com, Australia

*All stated positions are as of year obtaining their award.

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