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PATA honors leaders in sustainable tourism development at annual awards event

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Picture 1: L/R: Ms Christina, Lau Fong, Chi, Head of Communications and External Relations Department, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), receiving the Life Membership award on behalf of Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, MGTO, with Mr. Peter Semone, Chair, PATA. Picture 2: L/R: Ms Sangeetha Liyanapathirana, Manager - Health, Hygiene and Sustainability at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka receiving the 2023 PATA Face of the Future Award with Mr. Peter Semone, Chair, PATA.

PATA recognizes two industry professionals for their commitment to responsible travel and tourism development in Asia Pacific during the Board Dinner and Awards Presentation 2023.

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has presented awards to two individuals in recognition of their contributions to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

The following awards were presented during the PATA Board Dinner and Awards Presentation hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India: PATA Life Membership and PATA Face of the Future Award.

The PATA Board Dinner taking place after PATA Travel Mart 2023 is the perfect opportunity to recognize industry professionals that have contributed to the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry. This year’s recipients embody the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that is essential to the success of the industry,” said PATA Chair Peter Semone. “I would like to congratulate the winners for their valuable contributions and also thank them for their continued support to both PATA and the travel and tourism industry.”

The PATA Life Membership was awarded to Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Macao, China. The award is the Association’s highest individual honor and recognizes significant leadership and invaluable dedication to PATA.

The 2023 PATA Face of the Future award was presented to Ms Sangeetha Liyanapathirana, Manager – Health, Hygiene and Sustainability at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts. This award is presented annually to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry, having exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating a commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission. It is the most prestigious honor for young tourism professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

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