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Mr Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO and Co-founder of Tripfez, Malaysia and PATA Face of the Future 2017

Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO and co-founder of the travel booking engine Tripfez, is today named as the 2017 PATA Face of the Future. This is the most prestigious honour open to young tourism professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

PATA CEO Dr Mario Hardy said, “I congratulate Faeez on winning the 2017 PATA Face of the Future award. The judges were very impressed with his clear commitment to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.”

Faeez receives a complimentary round-trip air ticket and hotel accommodation to speak at the PATA Annual Summit 2017 on May 19 when he will share his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges for young tourism professionals. He will also be invited to join the 2017/2018 PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer.

Faeez Fadhlillah is the CEO and co-founder of Tripfez, an innovative, state-of-the-art travel portal dedicated to the rise of global Muslim travelers. Named as one of ‘Forty Individuals Who Shaped Southeast Asian E-Commerce’, by EcommerceIQ, Faeez also speaks at international travel conferences and seminars. He currently chairs the R&D committee of the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA). Faeez was elected as Vice President of MATTA, Malaysia’s largest travel association for the term 2015-2017. Heading the brand of Tripfez and Salam Standard, Faeez advocates the concept of localising the travel experience through information, enabling travellers to make informed decisions.

What the judges said:

Ms Raini Hamdi, Senior Editor, TTG Asia Publishing said “The PATA Face of The Future candidates have one thing in common. They are all SO passionate about their jobs! This truly is good news for our industry – those who have nagging doubts about the quality, drive and the sincerity of young people today to shine in travel and tourism may put that skepticism to rest.  I feel privileged to be one of three judges of PATA Face of the Future this year.”

Mr NobuTaka Ishikure, PATA Life member said “It was quite difficult for us to choose the winner, as all candidates are already young tourism leaders. I have no worry about our future in Pacific Asia tourism industry.”

Mr Willem Niemeijer, CEO, Yaana Ventures said: “It’s always refreshing and encouraging to see younger tourism professionals honoured for their innovation, skills and vision. I hope the Face of the Future Award will motivate Faeez to follow his instincts and embrace even greater travel industry challenges in the years ahead.”


PATA is an organisation dedicated to human capital development across the broad spectrum of travel and tourism. The primary focus of the Association’s HCD programme for 2017 is upon the ‘Young Tourism Professional’ (YTP).

The Association presents a special annual award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry. All recipients of this prestigious award have exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission.

This award is known as the PATA Face of the Future.

Past PATA Face of the Future

2017     Mr Faeez Fadhlillah, CEO and Co-founder of Tripfez, Malaysia
2016     Mr Danny Ho, Executive Pastry Chef, Hotel ICON, Hong Kong SAR
2015     Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Há – the Educational Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macau SAR
2014     Ms Soulinnara Ratanavong, Teacher/Trainer at the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith), Lao PDR
2013     Mr Jame Mabey, Senior Director of Development, Marco Polo Hotels, Hong Kong SAR
2012     Mr Justin Malcolm, General Manager, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, & Chairman of the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter, Thailand
2011      Ms Tavalea Nilon, Miss Samoa 2010, Samoa
2010     Mr Toney K Thomas,  Programme Director & Senior Lecturer of the School of Tourism, Events & Recreation, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia
2009     Mr Andrew Nihopara, Marketing Manager, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Fiji
2008     Mr Kenneth Low, Director Strategy – Asia Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Singapore
2007     Mr Tran Trong Kien, CEO, Buffalo Tours, Vietnam
2006     Mr Shikher Prasai, Managing Director, Natraj Tours & Travels, Nepal
2005     Ms Sally Hollis, Manager, Tourism Council of Western Australia, Australia
2004     Ms Silvia Sitou, Head of the Research & Planning Department, Macau Government Tourist Office, Macau SAR
2003     Mr Vivek Sharma, Sales & Marketing Manager – Eastern USA, SITA World Tours, United States
2002     Mr Mayur (Mac) Patel, Founder, eTravelConsult.com, Australia

*All stated positions are as of year obtaining their award.

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