Mr Kevin B. Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide
Hospitality Solutions (AHS), Hong Kong SAR & Thailand, has been
elected as Chairman of the PATA Executive Board.
replaces W. Scott Supernaw who served as Chairman of PATA since
April 2013 and will remain on the Executive Board as PATA
Immediate Past Chairman.
On his appointment, Mr Murphy said, “I take up
this responsibility at a time of continuing change, and at a time
of continuing challenges. PATA is clearly alive but we need to
ensure that PATA keeps its place as "the authority on travel and
tourism in Asia Pacific” and, more importantly, continues to
support its members both in the public and private sectors.”
As President and CEO of AHS, Mr Murphy heads a team of highly
experienced hospitality professionals that provide informed
guidance and asset management to existing and new hotel owners and
hospitality investors for their hotel real estate interests
Active in industry and
community affairs throughout a long successful career, completing
senior operational and corporate responsibilities on 5 continents
with several of the world's most successful and profitable hotel
companies, Mr Murphy currently serves also as the Ambassador in Asia for
members of the Institute of Hospitality, is also a member of the
International Society of Hospitality Consultants & the Australian
Institute of Company Directors and is a past board member of the
original Green Globe Asia Pacific.
A member of PATA since
1984, Mr Murphy was awarded the PATA Order of Merit in 2003, the
PATA Chairman’s Award in 2006 and in 2008, PATA Life Membership
for his continued contributions in past roles to the association’s
members and in the growth of responsible and sustainable tourism
in the Asia Pacific region.
“I urge long term members who
have seen the value of their businesses grow by working with PATA
to bring more of their own new generations to PATA - not just to
these meeting tables but additionally also to the events and
activities of the association elsewhere. PATA continues to provide
opportunities for all of us, regardless of age, to see that united
action, vigorous interaction and a new evolution of today's goals
and needs, tied to today's solutions, are all possible. New
methods are available to what has never been old, and will always
be new to our industry - that it is only with the informed
exchange of views and enhanced dialogue on issues, contact building,
and united action that PATA can continue to make a positive impact
on how together we build our businesses and destinations. PATA
has, and can continue, to make a most positive difference but just
as the actions we each need to take in our own personal endeavours,
we cannot and shall not be complacent,” said Mr Murphy.
PATA has also elected four new members to its Executive
Board including, Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong
Kong SAR; Dato Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General
(Planning), Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia; John Schubert, Managing
Director - Marketing Asia Pacific and India, The Boeing Company,
USA; and Philip Schaetz, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing, Dorsett
Hospitality International, Hong Kong SAR.
member Mr Jones has been elected as the new Vice Chairman; while
Basant Mishra, Executive Chairman, Temple Tiger Group of
Companies, Nepal remains Secretary/Treasurer.
Over the past
40 years, Mr Jones has worked in a number of senior management and
corporate positions in prestigious hotels, resorts and management
companies in London, Bermuda, Canada and several countries in
Asia. In 1996, he founded and became Guardian of Sanctuary
Mr Jones is a leading
proponent of corporate social responsibility and wellness in
tourism, and a knowledgeable key speaker, moderator and panellist
on matters of responsible and sustainable tourism at many hotel, environment
and social enterprise forums and conferences, as well
as universities and vocational schools.
Board members include Henry Oh, Jr., President, Global Tour, Ltd.,
Korea (ROK); H.E. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Secretary of Tourism,
Philippines Department of Tourism; Sarah Mathews, Destination
Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR; Setyono Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, President University,
Indonesia; and Stephen Pearce, Vice President, Leisure Travel &
Digital Marketing, Tourism Vancouver, Canada.
Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Ha (the Educational
Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies Macau – IFT) and the 2015
PATA Face of the Future, joins the PATA Executive Board as a
non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the
invitation of the PATA Chairman.
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