Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, has been
confirmed as a speaker of PATA Youth Symposium in Macau.
Hosted by the Institute for Tourism
Studies (IFT) and organised by the
Association’s Human Capital Development Committee, the symposium
will take place on Wednesday, 13 September with the theme of ‘Enabling
Travel and Managing a Complex Future’.
Dr. Mario Hardy,
PATA CEO 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. The Association has placed
special focus upon the Young Tourism Professional this year and
the PATA Youth Symposium highlights our continued dedication to
enhancing the knowledge and skills of students seeking careers in
travel and tourism.”
In addition to Mr.
Tony Fernandes, confirmed speakers at the Youth Symposium include
Dr. Mario Hardy; Ms Rika Jean-François - Commissioner ITB
Corporate Social Responsibility, Competence Centre Travel &
Logistics, ITB Berlin; Dr. Chris Bottrill; Dr Fanny Vong and Ms JC
Wong, PATA Young Tourism Professional Ambassador.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said,
"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."
symposium includes plenary talks on ‘Artificial Intelligence and
Automation in the Tourism Industry: Is C3PO taking our jobs?’;
‘Where Does Responsible Travel Fit in our Future?’ and ‘Enabling
Air Travel for All: How Air Asia has Become the World Leading Low
The event also features an informal chat with Tony Fernandes and interactive roundtable discussions on ‘What
opportunities and challenges do you see in enabling greater volume
of travel?’ and ‘What role do human’s play in managing a
responsible industry in the future?'.
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