Mario Hardy

  • PATA appoints Trevor Weltman as Chief of Staff

     Thursday, March 29, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Mr. Trevor Weltman as Chief of Staff effective April 2, 2018. Reporting to PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy, he will be responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and executing the Association’s various activities. Dr. Hardy said …

  • PATA Gold Awards 2018 now open for submissions

     Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Tourism industry organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the 2018 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards. The deadline for submissions is May 11, …

  • PATA explores SDGs in the sphere of youth, tourism in the Asia Pacific

     Friday, March 16, 2018

    University students along with representatives from the travel and tourism industry came together at the Asia-Pacific Youth and Sustainable Tourism Workshop to examine how the industry can help in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Asia-Pacific Youth and Sustainable Tourism …

  • PATA introduces youth component of food waste campaign, “BUFFET for Youth”

     Thursday, March 15, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the “BUFFET for Youth”. The announcement was made yesterday by PATA Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Ambassador, Ms JC Wong, and PATA Sustainability and Social Responsibility Associate, Ms. Veronika Forstmeier, at …

  • PATA welcomes PayPal as its brand new industry member

     Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to welcome global technology platform and digital payments company PayPal Holdings, Inc. as its newest industry member.   PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said that as they are progressing towards an exponential future at an …

  • Ban Ki-moon will be keynote speaker at PATA Annual Summit 2018

     Thursday, March 8, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is proud to announce that former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, is set to be the opening keynote speaker at the PATA Annual Summit 2018 (PAS 2018).  The event, generously hosted by the Korea Tourism …

  • PATA launches a new food waste campaign ‘Building an Understanding For Food Excess in Tourism’

     Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Building on the success of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017) initiative and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PATA, along with our project partner, Scholars of Sustenance (Thai-SOS) and knowledge partner Futouris, is launching …

  • PATA to highlight the issue of gender equality in 2018

     Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    In line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will advocate for increased gender equality in the travel and tourism industry in 2018. As noted in the SDGs, gender equality is the primary focus of …

  • Airbnb joins hands with PATA

     Monday, October 23, 2017

    Airbnb is currently the latest brand in the hospitality sector to join hands with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).   Dr. Mario Hardy, the chief executive of PATA mentioned that they are overjoyed to welcome Airbnb into the family …

  • Former Vancouver tourism chief to address Vanuatu’s insights conference

     Monday, October 16, 2017

    The inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (PTIC), which takes place in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Wednesday, October 25, is set to address key opportunities and challenges facing the region’s public and private sector tourism organizations. Planned and implemented by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in …


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