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Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) elects new Executive Board

Posted : 28 May 2016 12:29:41 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) elects new Executive Board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of Andrew Jones, Guardian - Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR, as Chairman of the Association’s Executive Board. He replaces Kevin B Murphy who was elected Chairman in April 2015 and who remains a member of the Executive Board as Immediate Past Chairman.


Andrews Jones said, “It is especially meaningful to me to be elected to the position of Chairman of PATA during this 65th anniversary Year of the Association. During this time, after a long career in hospitality, I also celebrate my 65th year on the planet. In leading and guiding PATA in the coming year, my focus will be on the continual and future enhancement of the Association. In taking on this role I commit to pro-actively working with the Executive Board, management team and our members to continue the good work of PATA. I want us to deliver on our promised advocacy themes, especially Human Capital Development, and to encourage membership development and involvement while supporting the responsible and sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region and globally for the betterment of our communities and society.”


During the PATA Annual Summit 2016 in Guam, USA, PATA also elected a new Executive Board comprising


Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing Asia Pacific – TripAdvisor based in Hong Kong SAR;


Stephen Pearce, Vice President – Marketing at Tourism Vancouver; Hiran Cooray, Chairman - Jetwing Hotels Sri Lanka;


Mark Clarkson, Director - Business Development Asia Pacific, OAG Singapore;


Anthony Lau, Executive Director - Hong Kong Tourism Board;


Vikram Madhok, Managing Director - Abercrombie & Kent India, Ltd.;


Chris Bottrill, Dean at the Faculty of Global and Community Studies, School of Tourism Management - Capilano University Canada;


Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director - Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao SAR;


Pilar Laguaña, Chairperson, PATA Micronesia Chapter, Guam; and


Ben Montgomery, Director of Business Relations Management, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand.



Sarah Mathews said, “It is a great honour to have been elected as the new Vice Chairperson. For the past four years TripAdvisor has been working closely with PATA to help shape the Asia Pacific travel industry. My aim is to continue to support PATA and its members so that we can understand and traverse the ever evolving travel space. As Vice Chairperson I will be supporting the Executive Board to ensure that PATA continues to lead the way.” 


Setyono Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, President University, Indonesia and W. Scott Supernaw, Managing Director – International, Tauck, Inc., USA have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.


Danny Ho, Executive Chef - Pastry, Hotel ICON, Hong Kong SAR and the 2016 PATA Face of the Future, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.


On the election of the new Executive Board, Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “PATA is committed to ensuring diversity, equality and empowerment in the workplace and I commend our members in electing a diverse Executive Board in representing them. It is important that we lead by example as we want to show our partners and industry colleagues what leadership is truly about and encourage them to follow suit. I congratulate our new Executive Board members on their appointments and I look forward to working with them in creating a better organisation for our members that can make an even greater impact on the travel and tourism industry.”



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