President University to host PATA Youth Symposium in BSD-Serpong, Indonesia

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BANGKOK, September 1, 2016 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Human Capital Development Committee will organise a PATA Youth Symposium on the afternoon of Thursday, September 8, 2016, generously hosted by President University at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD-Serpong, IndonesiaUnder the theme ‘Young Entrepreneurs Role in Tourism’s Future’, the Symposium takes place on the first day of PATA Travel Mart 2016 and aims to attract hundreds of young professionals and students from overseas and around Indonesia.

Dr. Mario Hardy, PATA CEO said, “The PATA Youth Symposium is one of the cornerstones in our commitment to the next generation of young tourism professionals. The event highlights our dedication to enhancing the knowledge and skills of students in engaged in tourism, hospitality management and related degree courses. I would like to thank President University for their support and enthusiasm in helping to enhance the development of the tourism professionals of the future.”

The programme was developed with guidance from Dr. Chris Bottrill, Chairman of the PATA Human Capital Development (HCD) Committee and Dean, Faculty of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University. Dr. Bottrill noted, “The next generation of tourism professionals is better connected and has quicker access to information than ever before and will lead us in new directions and with new philosophies and practices in tourism. This Symposium will address the many challenges that lie ahead and share information, ideas and experiences on how to tackle these and prosper in a new environment of opportunity. We are extremely pleased to be working with President University and our tourism colleagues in Jakarta on this Youth Symposium and we are all looking forward to an engaging and inspiring event.”

President University’s founder, Mr. Setyono Djuandi Darmono, said, “Travel makes a better future, allowing other to see the wonders of the world, which is something more beautiful than any dream you have ever had.”

Speakers include Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA; Ha Lam, Co-founder and COO,, Vietnam; Rika Jean-Francois, ITB Berlin, Germany; Dr. Joe Kelly, Capilano University, Project Change Foundation, Canada; Stewart Moore, CEO Earthcheck, Australia, and Peter Semone, Chairman, PATA Foundation.

The symposium includes plenary talks on various topics including: 

  1. How young entrepreneurs are changing digital technologies in tourism
  2. Social and Business Entrepreneurship in Tourism. What’s the difference? Why does it matter?
  3. How Young Entrepreneurs may save the planet

All participants will share their views in roundtable discussions on the following topics: 

  1. What unique skills and talents do young entrepreneurs bring to tourism’s future?
  2. Identify two great ideas in tourism that only Young Entrepreneurs can do

In recent years, the PATA Human Capital Development Committee has organised successful educational events at various institutions including UCSI University Sarawak Campus (April 2010), Institute for Tourism Studies (September 2010), Beijing International Studies University (April 2011), Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur (April 2012), Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila (September 2012), Thammasat University, Bangkok (April 2013), Chengdu Polytechnic, Huayuan Campus, China (September 2013), Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai Campus, China, (May 2014), Royal University of Phnom Penh (September 2014) and Sichuan Tourism School, Chengdu, (April 2015), Christ University, Bangalore (September 2015) and the University of Guam, USA (May 2016).

For further information, please view the programme here or email [email protected].

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About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting 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 member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 27 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 68 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 40 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which 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.

About President University
President University is a higher education institution in Indonesia which was established to become a research and development center in the region and to set a new benchmark in Indonesian higher education. Specifically, the university is prepared to create an institution of learning which would prepare future leaders of industry and society by giving them the skills and experience necessary to excel upon graduation. President University is strategically located in Jababeka Education Park in Kota Jababeka, just 45-minute drive to the west of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is surrounded by the Jababeka Industrial Estate, one of the largest integrated industrial areas in South East Asia with more than 2,000 national as well as multinational companies from 30 nations, such as Unilever, Samsung, Mattel, ICI Paint, Kraft, among others, which can be leveraged as a “living laboratory” for our students and faculty members to develop practical solutions for real-life companies, and also serve as a limitless pool of internship/on-the-job training opportunities for the students. As a relatively young university with about 4,500 total student body at the moment, not only are the classes conducted in English to instill global perspectives and improve competitiveness, but President University is also equipped with an international-standard curriculum which was prepared and developed by world-class academics. This is in line with the university’s vision to become a world-class university that produces leaders in their respective fields and communities.



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Paul Pruangkarn
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