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Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (far left), Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman of Asian Trails (third from left), Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, Former Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (forth from right), and Executive Committee of the Pacific Asia Travel Association congratulate Mrs. Ben Montgomery, Corporate Ambassador of Centara Hotels & Resorts (forth from right), for being elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and as Chairperson of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter.

Veteran hospitality leader Ben Montgomery takes the helm of PATA Thailand Chapter for a second term, focusing on youth engagement, industry collaboration, and promoting Thailand’s tourism industry on a global scale.

Ben Montgomery was elected as PATA Thailand Chapter Chairperson a few days ago. Ben Montgomery is a true champion of Thai tourism and a hospitality industry veteran, bringing a wealth of experience and passion to her new role.

Ben currently serves as the Corporate Ambassador for Centara Hotels & Resorts, a Thai-owned hotel chain renowned for its commitment to sustainable practices. In this role, she fosters strong relationships with the owners of Centara-managed properties across 15 countries in Asia and the Indian Ocean. Her dedication to sustainability aligns perfectly with PATA’s focus on responsible tourism development.

Ben’s influence extends far beyond Centara. She actively represents the company in various industry councils and associations. Her current positions include Chairperson of the PATA Thailand Chapter, Executive Board Member of PATA International, Vice President of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), and Board Member of the ASEAN Hotel & Restaurant Association. This impressive list speaks volumes about Ben’s dedication to collaboration and her commitment to the overall health of the travel and tourism sector.

“PATA Thailand Chapter will continue to bridge the generations within our community and to promote travel and tourism careers to the youth. We are home to PATA Members in Thailand and we are here to help PATA Members & partners around the world to work with Thailand’s tourism community. With full support from our Executive Committee, especially TAT, TCEB, DASTA, NIDA, Thai Airways and PATA Life Members, I am confident we will be able to continue our mission.”, she mentioned.

Ben has been elected for a second term, 2024-2026, as the Chairperson of PATA Thailand Chapter after a very successful term in 2022-2024, while it is her first term as PATA Executive Board member.

Some key milestones of her first term as a Chairperson of PATA Thailand Chapter are:

  • Connecting the youth with tourism industry by supporting and working PATA Students Chapters.
  • Connecting the industry through meaningful events, seminars, webinars and charity luncheons, like the “History of Thailand Tourism” and the “Future of Careers in Tourism”
  • Well representing Team “Thailand” at PATA & partners’ events.
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