A Successful Second Year for PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter

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VANCOUVER, August 18, 2019 – PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter celebrates a successful 2nd year!

In its second year since establishment, PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter continued to publish its monthly podcast series, What in the World in Travel. It featured guests such as Nicolas Dubrocard, Elephants in Tourism; Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures and The Social Enterprise; and Dr. Chris Bottrill, Chairman of PATA and Director of the Centre for International Experience at Capilano University; as well as other topics important to the tourism industry.

A few of the PATA Student Chapter’s future guests for their podcast include Alex Dagg, Airbnb; Sarah Rhodes, Plastic Free Cambodia; Robin Weber Pollak, Journeys International; and Martin Heng, Lonely Planet. To listen to the podcast, go to www.patacapu.com.

The Student Chapter was able to contribute to World Tourism Day 2018 by hosting a panel of tourism professionals on campus. The panelists consisted of: Destination British Columbia, the official provincial destination marketing organization; Landsea Tours & Adventures, a local, innovative tour operator; interVISTAS, a consulting group focused on transportation and tourism; and Grouse Mountain, a Vancouver ski resort. 

Two of the PATA Student Chapter’s members took part in an annual Community-Based Tourism trip to Sa Pa, Vietnam, a longstanding project developed by Capilano University and the PATA Foundation. The students were able to engage in socially and environmentally responsible activities and network with local businesses, as well as visit with the homestay owners in Vietnam to help further develop their businesses.

PATA Capilano University took part in the international PATA initiative: BUFFET for Youth. More information can be found at www.patacapu.com.

In September, 2018 the Student Chapter won the ‘PATA Award of Excellence.’ They were also fortunate to have networked with other student chapters and industry professionals at the PATA Annual Summit, 2019 and the Youth Symposium in Cebu, as well as the DNA event, where the chapter was recognized with the ‘Legendary Initiative Award.’

Current and ongoing initiatives: volunteering with Lattitude Global Volunteering, welcoming their volunteers to the city of Vancouver and helping to orient them. The Student Chapter is continuing to strengthen its foundation and long-term growth through the development of a Strategic Plan. 

PATA Capilano University is looking forward to their future initiatives and continuing to learn and grow as a chapter and developing their relationships with other PATA Student Chapters. They believe that together, it is possible to do more.  

For more information, please contact Chairperson Stefanie Carlson at stefaniecarlson@my.capilanou.ca