BANGKOK, September 27, 2019 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce that PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy was awarded “Travel Personality of The Year” at the 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019.
The award was presented to Dr. Hardy on Thursday, September 26 at the World Ballroom of the Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
On receiving the award, Dr. Hardy told the audience, “When I first joined PATA several years ago, my priority was to ensure the financial sustainability and relevance of the Association, and with the assistance and support of the dedicated staff and valued PATA members, I can proudly say that we have made great strides in reaching that goal. I am truly humbled and honoured to be presented with this award and be recognised as a leader that has made an impact on the industry.”
“It is a pleasure to be able to celebrate this award with staff at PATA, as they are the true champions that share my vision and support my mission for the direction of the Association,” he added.
About the TTG Travel Awards
The TTG Travel Awards has been recognising the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honours stellar organisations and individuals in 4 categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame. This TTG Travel Trade Publishing event is proudly organised by TTG Asia, with the support of TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury.
Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as 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 more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international airlines and airports, 102 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 35 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 22 PATA Student Chapters globally. 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 and London. Visit www.PATA.org.