PATA has announced the ratification of the 2019/2020 PATA Executive Board, which sees Capilano University’s Chris Bottrill and TripAdvisor’s Sarah Matthews continue serving for an additional one-year term as chairman and immediate past chairperson, respectively.
The new executive board members were confirmed at the recent PATA Board Meeting, which took place on May 12, 2019 during the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu.
During the summit, five members were also elected to its executive board. This includes Asia Tourism Consulting’s CEO Soon-Hwa Wong; chairman of Taiwan-based Forte Hotel Group Benjamin Liao; director, tourism research of Hawaii Tourism Authority Jennifer Chun; IATA’s regional director – airports & external relations Vinoop Goel; and South Korea-based Global Tour’s chairman Henry Oh Jr.
Other executive board members include Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director, Macao Government Tourism Office; Bill Calderwood, managing director of Australia-based The Ayre Group Consulting; Jon Nathan Denight, representative at Palau Visitors Authority; Shahid Hamid, executive director of Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort; Luzi Matzig, chairman of Thailand’s Asian Trails.
Wong was elected as the new vice chairman, while Fernandes remains secretary/treasurer.
Josefa Tuamoto, CEO of Tourism Solomons and Fanny Vong, president of Macau’s Institute for Tourism Studies have been appointed to the executive board as non-voting members.
Flori-Anne Dela Cruz, youth representative of Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and PATA Face of the Future 2019, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA chairman.