W. Scott Supernaw, Tauck, Inc., has been elected
as Chairman of the Executive Board of PATA.
Mr Supernaw replaces Joao Manuel Costa
Antunes who has served as Chairman of PATA since April 2012 and
will become PATA Immediate Past Chairman.
Mr. Supernaw has
extensive experience in the development and management of new and
established brands in the travel industry. He is the former
President and CEO of Olson-Travelworld and Managing
Director-International of Tauck Inc.
He is a founding
member and past two-term Chairman of the United States Tour
Operators Association (USTOA), 1986-1988, and has also served on
the advisory boards of the French, Swiss and Israeli government
In the early 1980ís he was one of seven U.S. tour
operators invited by the Chinese Government (CITS) to consult and
work with them in the development of their long haul, inbound,
Mr. Supernaw said, ďThis is a dynamic and
experienced Executive Board that is committed to continuing the
effective employment of the associationís resources for the
development and expansion of PATAís leading role in assisting its
members in the responsible development and growth of travel and
tourism in the Pacific Asia region.Ē
PATA has also elected seven new
members to its Executive Board including, Kevin Murphy, President
& CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions (AHS), Basant Raj Mishra,
Executive Chairman, Venture, Travel (Temple Tiger) Nepal; Setyono
Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, PT Jakarta Old Town Revitalization
Corporation; Andrew Ford, Vice President, Global Business
Development, DFS; H.E. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Secretary,
Philippines Department of Tourism; Sarah Mathews, Destination
Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor; Henry Oh, Jr.,
Vice Chairman, Global Tour, Ltd.; and Stephen Pearce, Vice
President, Leisure Travel & Digital Marketing, Tourism Vancouver,
Long-time PATA member Mr. Murphy has been elected
as the new Vice Chairman and Mr. Mishra has been elected Secretary/Treasurer.
As President and CEO of AHS, Mr.
Murphy continues to head a team of highly experienced hospitality
professional advisors that provide informed guidance to existing
and new hotel owners and hospitality investors for their hotel
real estate interests worldwide.
A member of
PATA since 1984, Mr. Murphy was awarded the PATA Order of Merit in
2003, the PATA Chairmanís Award in 2006 and 2008, and PATA Life
Membership for his continued contributions in past roles to the
associationís members and in the growth of responsible and
sustainable tourism in the Asia Pacific region.
Executive Chairman of the Temple Tiger Group of Companies, Mr.
Mishra is a well-known name in the travel trade community. He is
the former chairman of the PATA Nepal Chapter, Secretary of PATA
Nepal Chapter, Executive Member of PATA Nepal Chapter, Advisor of
PATA Nepal Chapter, and Founder Board of Nepal Association Tourism
Board (NTB). Mr. Mishra is an energetic and visionary
entrepreneur. A widely travelled entrepreneur, he also has been
carrying out responsibilities as the Honorary Consul of Republic
of Chile to Nepal.
Re-elected Executive Board members
include Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR;
Karl A. Pangelinan, General Manager, Guam Visitors Bureau; and
Mohamed Sallauddin Hj. Mat Sah, General Manager Marketing,
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.
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