PATA sets the stage for peace at youth workshop


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), supported by the Global Peace Foundation and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UNESCAP), will organise the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop on Wednesday, March 14 at the UN Building in Bangkok, Thailand.

Under the theme ‘Setting the Stage for Peace’, the half day workshop will take place in conjunction with the Global Peace Youth Exchange Thailand 2018. As sustainable tourism is a tool for peace and a huge driver in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the event aims to empower the next generation of leaders in the travel and tourism industry.

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “Youth engagement is essential for the sustainability of the travel and tourism industry, especially as we are seeing massive growth in the next decade. We remain committed to the development of the next generation of young tourism professionals and this interactive workshop is the perfect opportunity for young students and professionals to get a comprehensive view of the industry from a diverse range of speakers.”

Youth from across the globe will gather to join this interactive workshop which comprises speakers from various aspects of the industry including Arrut Navaraj, Managing Director – Sampran Riverside; Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General – World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Gili Back, Sustainability Manager – Khiri Travels; Ivan Cintado, VP Sales and Marketing APAC Region – Smartvel; JC Wong, Young Tourism Professional Ambassador – PATA; Madeleine Recknagel, Sustainability Consultant – The Sustainable Self; Marco Roncarati, Social Development Division – Social Affairs Officer, UNESCAP; Mark Wiens, Travel Eater – Migrationology; Mario Hardy, CEO – PATA; Michael Biedassek, Explorer/Connector – Bangkok Vanguards; Pai Somsak Boonkam, Founder – Local Alike; Siradej ‘Champ’ Donavanik, Co-Founder – Wonderfruit Festival; Veronika Forstmeier, Associate – Sustainability & Social Responsibility, PATA, and Yeqing (Victor) Li, President, Global Young Leaders Academy & Global Peace Youth.

Students enrolled in an educational institutional that is a PATA International member, PATA Student Chapter members and PATA YTP Student members receive complimentary access to the half day workshop.

For non-members, various packages are available to attend either the half day workshop or the full Global Peace Youth Exchange package.

Tickets are limited and are at first come, first serve basis.

For more information, please visit email [email protected].

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.