PATA CEO: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Posted: Wed 1 Jun, 2011 11:44 AM

PATA CEO: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is recognised as the respected voice of tourism in Asia Pacific and a signicant catalyst for tourism growth in the past 60 years. The Association is headquartered in Bangkok with regional offices in Frankfurt, New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Sydney.


PATA is now entering an exciting phase in its development and has embarked on an ambitious evolution of its programmes and strategy to improve its service delivery to its industry partners. We are now seeking an inspirational leader who will drive these new programmes, and capitalise on the potential to build the business for our membership and the tourism sector.


For more details on the PATA CEO qualifications, click here.


If you believe you have the qualities to lead PATA and are excited by the challenge, we would welcome your application.


How to apply

A detailed position description can be accessed on our web site Applications should be emailed to by close of business 30th June 2011.

Travelport Appoints Wilson

Posted: Wed 1 Jun, 2011 11:37 AM

Travelport Appoints Wilson

Travelport Limited selected Gordon Wilson to take the position as President and CEO, starting June 1, 2011.


For the last five years, Wilson has led Travelport’s GDS, the firm’s core business which comprised of its global travel distribution capabilities and Airline IT operations. He has served as the company’s deputy CEO for the last year. Travelport’s current President and CEO, Jeff Clarke, was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that with Gordon’s vision, deep industry, commercial and operational expertise, he is ideally qualified to manage the firm globally.


Wilson will also be included in Travelport Limited’s Board of Directors.

Chon receives UNWTO Ulysses Prize

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 5:29 PM

Chon receives UNWTO Ulysses Prize

Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), has been honoured by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) with the UNWTO Ulysses Prize.


Dean Chon is being recognised for his efforts in driving SHTM to be one of the world’s leading institutions in hospitality and tourism management and for advocating the new wave of hospitality and tourism education known as the “Asian Paradigm”. Dean Chon served as the former Chairman of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators and is currently Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Education and Training Committee. He was a professor at the University of Houston in the United States before joining PolyU.


The Ulysses Prize is awarded to a distinguished scholar with outstanding contribution to extending the frontier of knowledge in tourism. In awarding the distinction, the UNWTO seeks to recognise and stimulate knowledge creation, dissemination and innovative applications in tourism and to bring to light the latest advances in this area. Dean Chon is the first recipient of this prestigious prize in the entire Asia Pacific region.


The Ulysses Prize will be presented by the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in Vilamoura, Portugal, on June 2, 2011.

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