Dr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, with participants of PATA Youth Symposium, hosted by Gangneung-Wonju National University in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, on May 17
: The PATA Youth Symposium, hosted by Gangneung-Wonju National University, Republic of Korea, took place on May 17 on the first day of the PATA Annual Summit 2018 with the theme "Go Large: Exponential Thinking for Your Career in Tourism."
Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Human Capital Development Committee and supported by the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), the highly successful event welcomed 150 local and international students and delegates from Canada; China; Chinese Taipei; Japan; Hong Kong SAR; Korea (ROK); Maldives; Macao, China; Philippines; Thailand and USA.
In his opening remarks, Dr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA said, "The PATA Youth Symposium gives us the perfect opportunity, not only for you to listen to today's leaders but, more importantly, for us to listen to you - the future of the industry."
"In this day and age, technology has created many opportunities for all of us, however, I think we need to remind ourselves that we, as a service industry, need to talk face to face with each other in order to better understand one another."
During the event, Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire, Thailand announced that the next round of the Olive Tree Awards Essay Competition would be launched at the end of May.
He also provided some background and information on the previous competition, "the first of its kind for young millennials to let their passion be their guide in supporting the SDG cause".
The symposium also featured two interactive roundtable discussions on “How can you access career opportunities within the tourism industry?” and “How can you prepare yourself for the international tourism industry?”