Devinder Ohri, president of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), has assumed presidency of the ASEANTA, taking the baton from Aileen C Clemente of the Philippines, who helmed the Association since 2015.
The announcement came ahead of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 which opens in Singapore this Wednesday.
Ohri, ASEANTA's new president
With the appointment coming at a momentous year for ASEAN, Ohri intends to move forward initiatives mooted by his predecessor to support the Visit ASEAN@50 campaign.
“In (ASEAN’s) Golden Jubilee year, ASEANTA has joined the many other stakeholders in celebrating the whole year as Visit ASEAN@50. This commemorates the coming of age of ASEAN being promoted as a single destination, which was the vision that our founding fathers had in mind with great foresight half a century ago,” said Ohri.
Key ASEANTA initiatives in place to support the campaign include the ASEAN Sky Caravan and the ASEANTA Excellence Awards 2017 targeted for presentation on the day of ASEAN’s founding (August 8), as well as multiple ASEAN cities packages and the ASEANTA Tourism Honourees project.