Cardiac Arrest took PATA Life Member: Alwin Zecha, Founder Pacific Leisure Group

Cardiac Arrest took PATA Life Member: Alwin Zecha, Founder Pacific Leisure Group

The funeral of Alwin Zecha, chairman and founder of Pacific Leisure Group, was held at Saturday at Rangsit Methodist Church and Crematorium in Bangkok, Thailand

The Travel and Tourism industry lost one of the great pioneers of this industry.
Alwin Zecha passed away on March 12 suffering cardiac arrest in the age of 82.

Mr. Zecha is the founder of Pacific Leisure Group and was a citizen of Singapore and Indonesia residing in Thailand.

The Pacific Leisure Group was established in 1961 in Hong Kong. Alwin Zecha and Eckard Kremer together built up a network of offices across the globe and quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading destination management companies worldwide. The company had 24 offices around the world at one time.

For decades Alwin’s company represented the marketing interests of Hawaii, Macau, and Munich plus many international airlines including Finnair and Canadian Pacific.

Mr. Zecha was a past PATA president. In 1997 and 2001 he received the “Past Chairman’s Award” at PATA. In 1989 he was made a PATA Life member. PATA Life Membership is the Association’s highest honor, conferred upon an individual who has devoted at least 10 years of exceptional voluntary service to PATA and to the tourism industry. Representatives of PATA-member organizations are nominated by their peers to receive PATA Life Membership.

IIPT (International Institute for Peace Through Tourism Panel participants at WTM 2007: Robert Coggin, Louis D’Amore, Alwin Zecha, Pacific Leisure Group, World Travel Market Managing Director Fiona Jeffery, H.E. Akel Biltaji Min Tourism Jordan, and Peter de Jong, CEO PATA.

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Bangkok based Travel Impact published a detailed celebration of Mr. Zecha’s life.



Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

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.

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