Fernandes to speak at PATA event


BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, will address the forthcoming PATA Youth Symposium in Macau SAR, hosted by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), 13 September.

Organised by the Association’s Human Capital Development Committee, the Symposium adopts the theme  ‘Enabling Travel and Managing a Complex Future’.

PATA CEO Mario Hardy said: “The PATA Youth Symposium is a cornerstone of our commitment to the next generation of young tourism professionals. We are honoured that Tony Fernandes has agreed to address tomorrow’s tourism industry leaders.”

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes added, “These are exciting times for air travel in Asia. The low-cost revolution has made flying affordable and we are seeing more and more people fly for the first time. This creates opportunities as well as challenges for the region’s travel and tourism industry. What role will automation play? How do we ensure sustainable development of tourism? What are the constraints we will face as traffic grows? Are there enough low-cost terminals to cater for the fastest growing aviation segment? The PATA Youth Symposium is a great forum to discuss these questions and more, and I look forward to hearing what students have to share on the future of travel in Asia.”

The Youth Symposium takes place on the first day of PATA Travel Mart 2017.

In addition to Tony Fernandes, confirmed speakers at the Youth Symposium include Mario Hardy; Rika Jean-François – Commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility, Competence Centre Travel & Logistics, ITB Berlin; Chris Bottrill; Fanny Vong and JC Wong, PATA Young Tourism Professional Ambassador.

For further information, view the programme  here or email HCD@PATA.org.