The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the election of Dr. Chris Bottrill, Director, International and Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada as Chairman of the Association’s Executive Board. He replaces Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR.
“I am deeply honoured to be elected to the role of Chair of PATA and to work with a team of highly talented and accomplished Executive Board members from throughout the Asia Pacific region. We have just completed our annual summit in the beautiful town of Gangneung in the Republic of Korea, and were reminded by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and others just how important tourism can be for fostering peace and prosperity on our planet. We were also reminded of the responsibility we have to tread carefully on the environment, maintain cultural diversity, and embrace the rights of all individuals, which is not a simple task,” said Dr. Bottrill.
Dr. Bottrill oversees a wide and complex portfolio of university internationalisation, international projects and partnerships, tourism and hospitality, film, animation and design programming. He has taught a wide array of tourism topics including destination development, sustainability, marketing, and entrepreneurship at universities in Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and Austria.
During the PATA Annual Summit 2018 in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Korea (ROK), PATA also elected a new Executive Board comprising Dato Haji Azizan Noordin, Chief Executive Officer - Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Malaysia; Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director - Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao, China; Mr. Bill Calderwood, Managing Director - The Ayre Group Consulting, Australia; Mr. Jon Nathan Denight, President & CEO - Guam Visitors Bureau, Guam, USA; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Executive Director- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, Bangladesh; Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman - Asian Trails Ltd. Thailand; Mr. Benjamin Liao, Chairman - Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO - Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal; Mr. Mohamed Sallauddin H.j. Mat Sah, General Manager Marketing - Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, Malaysia, and Mr. Gerald Perez, Managing Director - Leading Edge, Guam, USA.
Mr. Peter Semone, President & Founder - Destination Human Capital Ltd, Ireland and Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO - Asia Tourism Consulting Pte, Ltd, Singapore have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.
Mr. Abdulla Ghiyas, President - Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and PATA Face of the Future 2018, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.
The new Executive Board members were confirmed at the PATA Board Meeting on May 20, 2018 during the PATA Annual Summit 2018 in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Korea (ROK).