PATA appoints Trevor Weltman as Chief of Staff

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BANGKOK, March 29, 2018 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Mr. Trevor Weltman as Chief of Staff effective April 2, 2018. Reporting to PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy, he will be responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and executing the Association’s various activities.

Dr. Hardy said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Trevor to the PATA family. I have known him for more than two years and during that time I have witnessed how passionate he is when involved in any project. He is a master planner and project manager and I believe he will be a great asset to the Association as well as a great mentor to many of the staff.” 

Mr. Weltman has over 10 years of experience in Asia between China, India, and Vietnam. Prior to PATA, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for HR consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison Vietnam, and was also the Chief Marketing Officer for Triip.me, a venture-backed impact travel company present in 98 countries and over 650 cities around the world.

“Having collaborated with PATA on a few Human Capital Development initiatives over the last two years, I am excited to join the organisation in a full-time capacity,” said Mr. Weltman. “I have high confidence in PATA’s outstanding international team and believe fully in the leadership and vision of Dr. Hardy. Given the organisation’s demonstrated history of positive impact across the Asia Pacific region and the world, it is an honour to be able to help further PATA’s mission as the new Chief of Staff.”

After receiving his degree in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Mr. Weltman began his career at Google where he worked as an Account Strategist and mindset and management trainer. In addition to sales and marketing, he has over eight years of training experience, having led courses in marketing, personal development and meditation around the world in both Mandarin and English. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Vietnam and will relocate to Thailand in September this year. 

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About PATA

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes ACICLIAIATA, ICAOWEFUNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London. Visit www.PATA.org.