PATA Youth Symposium will take place on the first day of PATA Travel Mart (September 13) under the theme of Enabling Travel and Managing a Complex Future, featuring plenary talks on artificial intelligence and automation in tourism; responsible travel; and the low-cost revolution.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes is set to take the stage as a speaker at the symposium, which is organised PATA’s human capital development committee and hosted by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT).
Hardy: focus placed on improving the knowledge base of students
The event will also feature an informal chat with Fernandes as well as interactive roundtable discussions on the opportunities and challenges that come with enabling greater travel volume.
Mario Hardy, PATA CEO, said: “The association has placed special focus upon the Young Tourism Professional this year and the PATA Youth Symposium highlights our continued dedication to enhancing the knowledge and skills of students seeking careers in travel and tourism.”
The programme will also include a field visit to the Macao Museum followed by a bus tour to learn about Macao’s tourism development and challenges.
Apart from Hardy and Fernandes, confirmed speakers include Fanny Vong, president of IFT; Chris Bottrill, PATA vice chairman and dean, faculty of global and community studies at Capilano University; Rika Jean-François – commissioner ITB corporate social responsibility, competence centre travel & logistics, ITB Berlin; and JC Wong, PATA Young Tourism Professional ambassador.