PATA awards outstanding individuals in travel

Pacific Asia Travel Association presents awards to tourism industry

The Pacific Asia Travel Association this week awarded a number of people who it believes have made outstanding contributions to the travel and tourism industry. Honourary life membership of the association was presented to Shao Qiwei, chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, and to Guo Jinlong, mayor of Beijing, for their work in making PATA’s 60th anniversary and Annual Conference event a success. The PATA United Kingdom Chapter was awarded the 2010 ‘Spirit of PATA’ award, which “goes to a chapter that has a solid business plan with an excellent marketing strategy to promote and elevate the PATA brand and objectives”. The PATA Singapore Chapter won the 2010 ‘Award of Excellence’.
PATA Life membership was presented to Brian Deeson, who has over 40 years of experience in the management and marketing of hotels and resorts with major international hotel chains, while the 2011 PATA ‘Face of the Future’ is Tavalea Nilon from Samoa. Nilon was ‘Miss Samoa 2010’ and has worked hard to promote the island nation through tourism exchanges and festivals. The IMEX organisers will sponsor her for a three-night trip to IMEX 2011 in Frankfurt, May 24-26. She was selected from a group of five finalists, with Sitpasu Thongsuk of Thailand and Hsu Htet Hlaing of Myanmar as runners-up.
Awards of Merit were given to Barbara Doyle from the Colonial Kiwi Comfort Accommodation, and to Elly Hutabarat, president-direct, PT Pantravel, Indonesia.
[pictured: Samoa]