Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Student Membership

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In 2024, the travel and tourism industry is expected to grow 347 million jobs across the globe from 266 million (in year 2014). It is a huge gap to fill. PATA decided to take the lead in addressing this issue by launching an individual student membership category for young tourism professional (YTP).






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The PATA Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Student Membership Programme empowers young tourism professionals for their future by getting them EXPOSED, CONNECTED and INVOLVED directly with industry leaders.

An initiative in line with the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Currently, the programme covers:



Within the age range of 18-35 years old

A current student in an educational institution (Undergraduate/postgraduate)
or graduated no longer than 2 years from an educational institution


PATA Intern & Associate Alumni (with three years validity)

Registered PATA Student Chapter members






Anthony An Junqi

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR

PATA Intern Associate Alumni | PATA YTP Student Member

It’s definitely an insightful experience with PATA because it’s one of the best platforms where young tourism professional students are able to meet peers and industry leaders who inspires you and stay ahead.





Roong Tepkeaw

University of Passau, Germany

Executive – Membership Relations (Americas, Europe, Pacific), PATA

PATA Intern Associate Alumni | PATA YTP Student Member

Besides gaining a lot of new experiences and knowledge, I got to meet many great and interesting people. PATA made me realise once more how interesting the travel and tourism industry is and how much I enjoy working in this field as well as what I want to achieve in my future career.

PATA hat mir die Chance gegeben mein Wissen anzuwenden, zu vertiefen und zu erweitern. Gleichzeitig habe ich viele tolle Menschen kennengelernt. Besonders die Gemeinschaft zwischen uns Praktikanten aus verschiedenen Nationen war eine super Erfahrung, bei der man viel über andere Länder und Kulturen gelernt hat.


Jenny Wang

Macau University of Science and Technology, Macao SAR

Catering & Events Specialist, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

PATA Intern Associate Alumni | PATA YTP Student Member

Really appreciate PATA for widening my international horizon and provided me access to the Associations’ broad network in the travel and tourism industry. During my PATA Intern Associate Programme, I experienced multi-cultural working environment and encountered challenging tasks which improved my working skills, social skills and logical thinking. Thank you PATA again for providing such a big stage for young tourism professionals to shine.



Nam Lihwa

Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea

PATA Intern Associate Alumni | PATA YTP Student Member

As a PATA Intern Associate, I enjoyed my experience and felt the drive to be creative and innovative because I was constantly being surrounded by people with different cultural background. I discovered many opportunities in the travel and tourism industry and gain confidence to challenge the future. Now as a YTP student member, I want to move forward by networking with the industry people and gain direct insights to build my career.

PATA는 다양한 문화와 비전을 가진 사람들이 모이는 곳입니다. 저는 인턴활동을 통해 이들과 소통하며 창의적이고 혁신적인 생각을 공유할 수 있었고 보다 넓은 세상을 바라보는 시각을 가지게 되었습니다. 또한 PATA는 막연해보이는 관광산업에서의 진로를 좀더 명확하게 바라볼 수 있는 통로입니다. 이곳에서 다양한 기회를 탐색하고 이에 도전할 용기를 얻을 수 있었습니다. 인턴활동에 이어 저는 앞으로 YTP student member를 통해 사람들과 지속적으로 교류하고 관광산업에서의 국제적인 활동을 이어나가고자 합니다.



Datchanee Thernphrakiat

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

PATA Intern Associate Alumni | PATA YTP Student Member

I have met so many amazing people in travel industry, got to learn a lot more about sustainability which inspired me to pursue another degree in sustainable tourism. PATA has opened so many doors for me and helped me to network and connect with other businesses. It is such a great opportunity for students, graduates or even entry level employee who are looking to advance in this field.

ตั้งแต่ดัชชี่เริ่มฝึกงานที่พาต้า ดัชชี่ได้ทำความรู้จักกับคนอืนๆในแวดวงของธุรกิจการท่องเที่ยว และเรียนรู้เกี่ยวกับการพัฒนาธุรกิจการท่องเที่ยวแบบยั่งยีน. พาต้าเป็นแรงบันดาลใจให้ดัชชี่เรียนต่อทางด้านนี้. พาต้าเปิดโอกาสให้นักเรียน ที่เพิ่งเริ่มต้นและอยากได้ประสบการณ์เพิ่มทางด้านของธุรกิจการท่องเที่ยวค่ะ



Sponsor 2 PATA Youth – Give them a VOICE at PAS 2020 


For USD$500, cover the accommodation, subsidise a flight and pay for the conference costs (eg: transport) for 2 international Young Tourism Professionals. With this small amount, you effectively give these YTPs a chance to represent themselves and present their ideas & passion projects on an international stage. 

You’ll be joining the regular gang of mentors to bring empowerment & voice to PATA’s YTPs. I’m excited for what’s installed in 2020 and I want you to be part of the journey. 

Deadline to be a Sponsor: 15th January 2020


Sponsors will receive the following benefits: 

  • Accredited as a PATA YTP Sponsor on the PATA Annual Summit 2020’s electronic Directory & Programme that will be distributed to all delegates before & during the event.
  • Accredited as a PATA YTP Sponsor on the PATA Membership Directory 2021 that will be distributed to all PATA members.
  • Accredited as a PATA YTP Sponsor at the PATA DNA Assembly during PAS 2020.
  • Accredited as a PATA YTP Sponsor on PATA digital channels.
    Invited to mentor 2 YTPs during PAS 2020. 


Questions? Please contact Ms Aletheia Tan, PATA YTP Ambassador at




YTP Sponsorship to attend PAS 2020

For Young Tourism Professionals, PAS is a thought leadership conference, networking event and an opportunity to represent your peers, your university and your country. We are looking for passionate individuals who have already demonstrated engagement and dedication to the travel and tourism industry. Check out what happened last year during PATA Annual Summit here and see the PAS 2020 YTP programme, specially designed for Young Tourism Professionals!
How to apply
Why do you want to attend PATA Annual Summit 2020? Why should we pick you?
Submit a video (Max 3 minutes) of yourself. Upload it to youtube and send us the link here.
Deadline: 21 Feb 2020.
Questions? Reach out to your YTP Ambassador,