By: HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) declared Tavalea Nilon of Samoa as the winner of the 2011 ‘Face of the Future’ competition. She was selected from a group of six finalists, with Sitpasu Thongsuk of Thailand and Hsu Htet Hlaing of Myanmar declared as runners-up.
Each of the finalists was required to put forward their views on the future of the tourism industry via a five-minute video presentation. The videos were judged by members of the PATA executive board during a meeting in Hawaii at the end of February. This followed the first round of the competition, where nominated candidates were voted online by PATA members.
Hiran Cooray, chairman, PATA, said, “Nilon showed a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by her small island nation, as well as the role she can play in helping to address them.”
Originally nominated for the competition by Samoa Tourism Authority, Nilon is ‘Miss Samoa 2010’ and has worked hard to promote the island through tourism exchanges and festivals.
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 the Asia-Pacific region.