The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has welcomed the election of two new government members to the PATA Executive Board.
Abdulla Mausoom, minister of tourism, Republic of Maldives, and Noredah Othman, general manager, Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia were both elected for a two-year term beginning April 29, 2021.
Before assuming minister on August 6, 2020, Mausoom served in the diplomatic corps of Maldives from February 2019 to August 2020. He was the High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of Singapore and Non-Resident High Commissioner to New Zealand and Designated Non-Resident High Commissioner to Australia.
In his political affiliations, Mausoom previously served as Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation and Minister of Environment, Energy and Water. Before joining the Cabinet in 2008, he was the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
He previously also sat on several boards such as the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry, and at one point in his career, was also general manager of the Sun Island Resort and Spa for four years from 2013.
Meanwhile, Othman wields over 30 years worth of tourism experience and is the longest-serving officer with Sabah Tourism Board. She is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the destination.
Othman has held various positions since October 1990 and served as deputy general manager (support services) from 2016. Prior to that, she was the senior marketing manager for the UK, Europe, Australia and the US markets from 2011 to 2015. She was the marketing manager for the UK, Europe and Australia from 2005-2010.
She started her career as a tourist assistant with the Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (STPC), the forerunner of STB, in 1990. Between 1991 and 2005, she held the position of assistant public affairs officer and later as communications manager. In 2015, Othman was awarded the PATA Foundation’s scholarship for Executive Development for Tourism (EDIT) Programme.