DFS’ Andrew Ford joins PATA Board

By Doug Newhouse |


Andrew Ford, Vice President, Global Business Development, DFS has been elected as a new member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Executive Board.

 

The news comes as PATA has also elected a new Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Board.

 

W. Scott Supernaw, Tauck, Inc., has been elected as Chairman of PATA’s Executive Board, while Supernaw replaces Joao Manuel Costa Antunes who has held the post since April 2012 and will become PATA Immediate Past Chairman.

 

Supernaw said, “This is a dynamic and experienced Executive Board that is committed to continuing the effective employment of the Association’s resources for the development and expansion of PATA’s leading role in assisting its members in the responsible development and growth of travel and tourism in the Pacific Asia region.”

 

PATA adds that 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. He has also served on the advisory boards of the French, Swiss and Israeli government tourism boards. In the early 1980’s he was one of seven U.S. tour operators invited by the Chinese Government (CITS) to consult and work with them on the development of their long haul, inbound, tour business.

 

(ABOVE & TOP IMAGE): Top Row L/R:  W. Scott Supernaw, Tauck, Inc., Chairman, PATA; Kevin Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions (AHS), Vice Chairman, PATA; Basant Raj Mishra, Executive Chairman, Venture, Travel (Temple Tiger) Nepal, Secretary/Treasurer, PATA; Setyono Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, PT Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation. Middle Row L/R:  Andrew Ford, Vice President, Global Business Development, DFS; H.E. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Secretary, Philippines Department of Tourism; Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR; and Sarah Mathews, Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor.

 

 

NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

In addition to the appointment of DFS’ Andrew Ford, the six other new members on the PATA Executive Board are: 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, Canada.

 

Long-time PATA member Murphy has been elected as the new Vice Chairman and Mr. Mishra has been elected Secretary/Treasurer.

 

As President and CEO of AHS, he continues to head a team of highly experienced hospitality professional advisors providing guidance to existing and new hotel owners/hospitality investors for their real estate interests worldwide. AHS assists global and Asian-based owners with effective and strategic hospitality investment planning, acquisition and asset management, and securing of improved profitability within their existing hospitality portfolios in Asia and elsewhere.

 

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 2008, and 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.

 

As the 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).

 

Other PATA executives include: L/R: Henry Oh, Jr., Vice Chairman, Global Tour, Ltd.; Karl A Pangelinan, GM, Guam Visitors Bureau; Stephen Pearce, Vice President, Leisure Travel & Digital Marketing, Tourism Vancouver, Canada; and Mohamed Sallauddin Hj. Mat Sah, GM Marketing, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.

 

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.

 

The new Executive Board members were elected at PATA’s Board Meeting over two months ago (May 18, 2014) in Zhuhai, China.

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