01 January, 2011

Former Miss Samoa a Finalist for PATA 2011 Face of the Future

Following an online vote by members, PATA has announced the five finalists for the 2011 Face of the Future competition.  Among the successful individuals is Miss Samoa 2010, Tavalea Nilon.

Each year Face of the Future spotlights an individual, 35 years old or younger, who has worked to change or advance travel and tourism in Asia Pacific. Nominations for the 2011 competition were of a particularly high standard and the online vote – the first year PATA has asked its members to participate in the judging process – led to a closely-fought first round.

As part of the the next stage of the competition, Tavalea Nilon has submitted a video in which she talks about ideas concerning the future. In this video presentation, Ms Nilon outlines three challenges she believes she may face as a travel and tourism leader in the future, and how she would plan to prepare for, or manage these challenges.

The winner and two runners-up will be announced by March 1, 2011, after a vote by PATA Executive Board Members in February. The winner of the Face of the Future 2011 will be honoured at a special awards ceremony at the 60th Anniversary and Conference, April 9-12 in Beijing. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a plenary session alongside luminaries such as senior government officials and industry leaders from across the spectrum of PATA membership.

The other finalists are Mr Deepak Tamang, Managing Director, Raven Tours and Treks, Bhutan; Mr D K Singh, Founder and President of Heritage Group of Institutions, India; Ms Hsu Htet Hlaing, Managing Director of Unique Asia Travels & Tours Co., Ltd, Myanmar; Mr Sitpasu Thongsuk, Owner of Fair House Villas and Spa, Thailand.

For further information visit www.pata60.org or email PATA60@pata.org.