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PATA recognises Faces of the Future

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has selected 12 individuals under the age of 30 as the Association`s…

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA<.>) has selected 12 individuals under the age of 30 as the Association`s Faces of the Future, who represent the next generation of Pacific Asia travel industry leaders.

The recipients, in alphabetical order, are:

Mr. Anthony Akili

Senior Vice President

Smailing Tour & Travel

Jakarta, Indonesia

Mr. Sonam Dorji

Asst. Secretary General

Yarkay Tours & Treks

Thimpu, Bhutan

Mr. Wilfred Fan

Vice President of Business Development

Direct Commerce Technology Co.

Bangkok, Thailand

Ms. Richa Goyal

Director Marketing

STIC Travel Group

New Delhi, India

Ms. Tanya Jarman

Assistant Manager, PR and Promotions

Australian Tourist Commission

London, U.K.

Mr. Robert Laney


Rochester, New York, U.S.

Ms. Kate Lawrance

Project Manager, Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism

Director, Bushwacker-ecotours Pty. Ltd.

Gold Coast, Australia

Ms. Yu-Jin Lee

Promotional Coordinator and Coordinator for Korea International Training Program on Tourism Development Policy and Marketing Strategy

Korea National Tourism Organization

Seoul, Korea (ROK)

Mr. Mayur (Mac) Patel


Sydney, Australia

Ms. Dechen Wangmo Penjor


Yarkay Tours & Treks

Thimpu, Bhutan

Ms. Bhutsarin Prungsamrankit

Senior Marketing Services Assistant in Destinations Division

Pacific Leisure (Thailand)

Bangkok, Thailand

Ms. Sharon Sakuma

Graduate Assistant

Pacific Business Center, University of Hawaii

(Former Palau Visitors Authority employee)

Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

The Faces of the Future recognition programme was created in keeping with the theme of the 51st PATA Annual Conference, Tourism — Looking Ahead and Beyond. PATA`s golden jubilee anniversary celebrations will conclude at the 51st PATA Annual Conference in New Delhi, India, April 14-18, 2002.

PATA approached nearly 2,000 member companies as well as PATA Chapters around the world, seeking nominees. PATA`s 50th Anniversary Committee, chaired by Tunku Iskandar, evaluated the entries and made the selections.

These young men and women have demonstrated leadership qualities and a clear dedication to the Pacific Asia travel industry, said Mr. Peter de Jong, PATA President and CEO. All have been invited to attend the 51st PATA Annual Conference, and we look forward to introducing our members to the future leaders of the industry.

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