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Asia/Singapore Sunday, 26th March 2023

Innovating the future of online travel booking

Agoda's new tech-driven CEO Omri Morgenshtern lives and breathes technology, seeking to break new ground with online services to enable customers to build their travel itinerary on the platform over a period of time

Young, hip and very clean

At 60 years old, Contiki continues to be the trendiest tour company for young ones, with fingers on top spots and experiences. Now, it boasts 100 per cent carbon neutral trips. Adam Armstrong, global CEO, Contiki, takes Karen Yue through the company’s progress.

Keeping the love alive

The pandemic has presented a tough blow to Japan’s onsen – natural hot springs – which were already challenged by declining guest numbers. Yutaka Seki, the 56-year-old executive director of the Japan Hot Springs Association, has set himself the task of reversing the sector's fortunes

Young and ambitious

Sarbendra Sarkar founded Cygnett Hotels and Resorts in 2014 when the marketplace was already ruled by many domestic and international players. But his rich experience and tenacity are allowing him to blaze a trail forward

Adapting to the demands of post-pandemic tourism in Thailand

As co-founder of Bangkok-based tour operator and DMC, Smiling Albino, Daniel Fraser provides insight on how to survive the changing currents of the industry post-lockdown and stay successful in Thailand

Community first, travel second

What started as a means to offer advice to solo female travellers has since transformed into a 180,000-member community as well as a registered agency organising small women-only tours. Even with the accelerated progress of the group, Solo Female Travelers' co-founder Mar Pages never lost sight of its primary goal – to empower women through travel

Keeping faith

PATA Sri Lanka Chapter welcomed its youngest-ever chairperson in July – Dmitri Cooray, who at 30 years old is also operations manager at Jetwing Hotels. He reflects on one of the most turbulent times in the history of Sri Lankan tourism

Leading changes inside and out

In November, Catherine Germier-Hamel stepped into the shoes of chief executive officer at Destination Mekong at a time when the region was starting to reopen. She is now tasked with helping ease regional tourism recovery and steer rebound in a more sustainable direction

Rethinking data strategy to thrive in the new normal

The biggest difference in analysing big data pre-pandemic and post-lockdown is that many travel insights then do not apply in the current recovery stage anymore. Dawn Jeremiah, vice president, marketing & ecommerce, APAC, Go City, sheds light on how to navigate the new digital trends and leverage customer data to cater to them

Journey back to sea

Asia cruise industry veteran Michael Goh rises from the ashes of Dream Cruises to lead a familiar team back to business under the new organisation, Resorts World Cruises. As president and head of international sales, Goh welcomes the opportunity to reimagine a whole new cruise line that is backed by three decades of experience

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