Submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016 now open

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Picture: Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Há – the Educational Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macau SAR and PATA Face of the Future 2015

BANGKOK, January 21, 2016 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is now accepting submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016. The winner will receive a round-trip economy flight with hotel accommodation to attend the Association’s Dinner and PATA Awards Presentation during the PATA Annual Summit 2016 on May 19, 2016 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Guam, USA. The winner will also benefit from global media exposure via PATA’s far-reaching communication channels and will be invited to join the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer. Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016.

PATA is dedicated to human capital development across the broad spectrum of travel and tourism. Each year the Association presents this special award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry. Past winners have exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating a commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission.

“Human capital development is amongst one of our greatest challenges, as noted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The PATA Face of the Future award provides us the perfect occasion to recognise a young tourism professional making an impact in the travel and tourism industry,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. “If you are young travel professional who has exhibited initiative, leadership and demonstrated a commitment to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, this is the perfect opportunity to build your career and networks through the PATA Face of the Future award.”

ELIGIBILITY

An individual is eligible to enter the 2016 PATA ‘Face of the Future’ Award if he or she is:

  • Aged 35 and below as of March 4, 2016
  • Working for a PATA member organisation (in good-standing as of March 4, 2016) or undertaking post-graduate travel and tourism studies at a PATA member educational institution

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judges will seek to identify an individual who has best:

  • Exhibited initiative and leadership in the implementation of local, regional and/or international tourism initiatives (including research projects)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in a spirit compatible with PATA’s mission

The finalists will be judged by former PATA Face of the Future winners, external judges and members of the PATA management team.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. The candidate him/herself or a third-party person may submit the nomination.
  2. No entry form is required. Simply submit a nomination letter, along with the nominee’s full professional contact details and bio-data with photo (JPG format, 300 dpi resolution, maximum 500KB total file size), in soft copy only (DOC or PDF file; maximum three pages).
  3. Submit a video (up to three minutes in length) detailing the nominee’s experiences to date and aspirations for the future of the travel and tourism industry. Movie clips shot on smart phones or tablets are acceptable.
  4. Submit an essay (500 words max) in English outlining how travel and tourism may contribute to the achievements of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Please note the judges are looking for sound ideas and will not be reviewing entries based upon the quality of the English language text.
  5. Please email the entry, clearly labelled ‘PATA Face of the Future 2016 Nomination’, to Parita Niemwongse at fof@PATA.org by March 4, 2016.

All entrants will be notified by March 18, 2016. For further information, please visit https://www.pata.org/face-of-the-future.

Past winners of PATA Face of the Future

2015     Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Há – the Educational Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macau SAR
2014     Ms Soulinnara Ratanavong, Teacher/Trainer at the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith), Lao PDR
2013     Mr James Mabey, Senior Director of Development, Marco Polo Hotels, Hong Kong SAR
2012     Mr Justin Malcolm, General Manager, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, & Chairman of the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter, Thailand
2011     Ms Tavalea Nilon, Miss Samoa 2010, Samoa
2010     Mr Toney K Thomas, Programme Director & Senior Lecturer of the School of Tourism, Events & Recreation, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia
2009     Mr Andrew Nihopara, Marketing Manager, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Fiji
2008     Mr Kenneth Low, Director Strategy – Asia Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Singapore
2007     Mr Tran Trong Kien, CEO, Buffalo Tours, Vietnam
2006     Mr Shikher Prasai, Managing Director, Natraj Tours & Travels, Nepal
2005     Ms Sally Hollis, Manager, Tourism Council of Western Australia, Australia
2004     Ms Silvia Sitou, Head of the Research & Planning Department, Macau Government Tourist Office, Macau SAR
2003     Mr Vivek Sharma, Sales & Marketing Manager – Eastern USA, SITA World Tours, United States
2002     Mr Mayur (Mac) Patel, Founder, eTravelConsult.com, Australia

Note: All stated positions are as of year obtaining their award.

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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 88 government, state and city tourism bodies, 22 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 62 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 41 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.
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