PATA Honours Industry Leaders at 71st Annual General Meeting

PATA Honours Industry Leaders

21 May 2022: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has recognised two individuals for their valuable contributions to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.The PATA Life Membership and PATA Chair’s Award were presented during 71st Annual General Meeting held online on Friday, May 13, 2022.

PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera said,” As we look towards the future of travel, it is always important to remember the past and recognise the individuals who have greatly contributed towards a more responsible travel and tourism industry. Their achievements should inspire us all to work harder for the swift recovery of travel and tourism. I would like to sincerely congratulate both for their valuable contributions and support to both PATA and the entire travel and tourism industry.”

PATA was honoured to announce that PATA Life Membership was awarded to Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR, China. The award is the Association’s highest individual honour and recognises significant leadership and invaluable dedication to PATA.

Andrew Jones grew up in the hotel business as his parents managed Country Inns and Restaurants in the United Kingdom. Over the past 50 years, in the hospitality industry, he has worked in numerous senior management and corporate positions for prestigious hotels, resorts and management companies in London, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, China, and across Asia. In 1996, Andrew embarked on a new journey. He founded and became the Guardian of Sanctuary Resorts a resort management company creating responsible and sustainable tourism experiences where people balance their body, mind, and spirit in an environmentally friendly space.As part of his service to Industry, Andrew is a former Executive Board Member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Past Chairman of PATA, previous Vice Chairman of the Board, and Trustee for the PATA Foundation and Advisor on CSR and Responsible and Sustainable Tourism.

The PATA Chair’s Award was presented to Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). The Award, the personal gift of the serving PATA Chair, recognises an individual (or individuals) for their help, support, loyalty, and dedication during the Chair’s tenure.“I am grateful and honoured for the trust and confidence in my work acknowledged with this award by the immediate past PATA Chair Soon-Hwa Wong. This is a recognition I must share with my team in Macao Government Tourism Office for the efforts made to keep our active engagement in PATA’s initiatives despite the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, I dedicate this accolade to the Macao tourism industry, as our support to PATA derives from the belief that by contributing to a more responsible industry in the Asia Pacific region, we are also helping to create a sound environment for Macao to develop as a safe and quality destination,” said Ms. Senna Fernandes.