Chairman’s Awards

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PATA Chairman Award is a personal gesture of the serving PATA Chairman, recognises an individual (or individuals) for their help, support, loyalty and dedication during the Chairman’s tenure.

The PATA Chairman’s Award was presented by outgoing Chairman Andrew Jones to Ms Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor.

Born and raised in Hong Kong SAR and fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, Sarah has spent most of her life living in Hong Kong SAR, Beijing and Australia giving her a deep understanding of the region.  Her career started with Cesar Ritz Colleges and then eventually joined the London team for the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Visit Flanders where she held positions in MICE and international marketing.  Her role with both organisations meant regular contact with industry partners and working together to drive awareness of each of the destinations.

The PATA Chairman’s Award was presented by outgoing Chairman Kevin Murphy to Basant Raj Mishra, Executive Chairman of the Temple Tiger Group of Companies.

Raj Mishra is a well-known name in the travel trade community.  As the former chairman of the PATA Nepal Chapter, Secretary of PATA Nepal Chapter, Executive Member of PATA Nepal Chapter, Advisor of PATA Nepal Chapter and Founder Board of Nepal Association Tourism Board (NTB), he is an energetic and visionary entrepreneur.  A widely travelled entrepreneur, Mr Mishra also has been carrying out responsibilities as the Honorary Consul of Republic of Chile to Nepal.

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The PATA Chairman’s Award was bestowed on Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR.

, Mr Jones remarked, “I was totally surprised at receiving this award, and feel honoured and humbled to be recognised in this way. The work that PATA carries out on behalf of its members and the industry is very meaningful, and worthwhile.  I gain additional knowledge, and get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment by participating and being involved in these activities, and interacting with the members from the diverse sectors of our Travel, Tourism and Hospitality businesses and organisations. I look forward to further supporting PATA, its members and collective constituents in the coming years.”


Presented to Rick Antonson of Tourism Vancouver, Canada for his greatly support to the Chairman and tremendous dedication for the better of Association.

Past Chairman’s Awards

2017    Sarah Mathews

2016     Basant Raj Mishra

2015     Andrew Jones

2013     Rick Antonson

2012     Ram Kohli

2010    Luzi Matzig

2009    Jon Hutchison and Margaret Wilson

2008    Renton de Alwis

2007    John S. Rowe

2006    Kevin Murphy

2005   Hiran Cooray

2004   Peter de Jong

2003   Ratana Poopitakchatkaew

2002   Rabendra Raj Pandey

2001    Alwin Zecha

2000   Rabendra Raj Pandey

1999    Ram Kohli

1998    Inder Sharma

1997    Alwin Zecha

1996   Tunku Iskandar

1995    Gerald Picolla

1994    Stephen Halsey

1993    Douglas E. Fyfe

1992    Hon. Rob Talbot

1991   Barbara Bryant

1990   Robertson Collins

1989   Douglas E. Fyfe

1988   Terence Hill

1987   John S. Foley

1986   Chuck Y. Gee

1985   Prabhakar S.J.B. Rana

1984   Kurt A. Bodmer