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The Symposium will take place on the first day of the PATA Annual Summit 2019 on 9 May in Cebu, Philippines.
Bangkok, Thailand - The next PATA Youth Symposium, with the theme ‘Progress with a Purpose’, will take place on the first day of the PATA Annual Summit 2019 on 9 May at the Radisson Blu Cebu in Cebu, Philippines.
Dr. Mario Hardy, PATA CEO, said: “The PATA Youth Symposium provides the perfect opportunity for the next generation of young tourism professionals to come together and learn from industry leaders who set out to not just improve their bottom line, but also contribute towards a sustainable and responsible future.”
Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Human Capital Development Committee, the Symposium is hosted by the Department of Tourism, Philippines.
Ms. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary, Philippine Department of Tourism, said: "The PATA Youth Symposium 2019 will be a platform to engage the youth on the growing opportunities and trends in the industry as well as to encourage them to become globally competitive individuals recognising the importance of Sustainable Tourism in the continuous progress of the Tourism Industry.”
The symposium includes presentations on ‘Progress with a Purpose’, ‘The Future of Sustainable Destination Branding’, ‘Purposeful Innovation and Disruptive Change’, ‘PATA DNA (Development & Networking Academy): Empowering Your Future Development’ and ‘Progressing Alongside Community’.
Confirmed speakers at the Youth Symposium include Director Shahlimar Hofer Tamano, Regional Director, Department of Tourism - Region VII, Philippine Department of Tourism; Dr. Mario Hardy; Dr Markus Schuckert, Chairman, Human Capital Development Committee, PATA and Associate Professor, School of Hotel & Tourism Mgmt, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Julieane “Aya” M. Fernandez, Founder, Project Lily Philippines; Maja Pak, Managing Director, Slovenia Tourism Board; Dr Robin Yap, Chairman Emeritus, The Travel Corporation, Singapore; JC Wong, Young Tourism Professional Ambassador, PATA, and Carma Chan, Content Creator & Editor, PATA.
In addition, the BUFFET for Youth Challenge champions, Team Food Saviors (Brahmanand Reddy, Nilesh Timmancharla, Amit Deshwal, and Mounika Bhomireddy), representing the National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality Management in India, will present the case study of their winning initiative addressing plate waste on campus.
The event also features an interactive roundtable discussion addressing the question, ‘Knowing that tourism and sustainability are intrinsically linked, what can academia, governments, and tourism organisations do to further empower young tourism professionals to navigate issues around environmental, cultural, and social sustainability?’.