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PATA goes on the prowl for new blood
Paige Lee Pei Qi, reporting from PATA Travel Mart 2015, Bengaluru, September 7, 2015

THE PATA Human Capital Development Committee is on the hunt for fresh new members who are actively in touch with the industry to allow for more productive outcomes.


According to Chris Bottrill, committee chairman, a call for membership nominations was made this week, and up to eight new members will be accepted.


Speaking to TTG Asia e-Daily at the sidelines of the Human Capital Development Committee meeting during PATA Travel Mart, Bottrill who is also dean of the faculty of global and community studies at Capilano University in Canada, said: “Ideally, we are targeting more industry members who have a strong (industry) knowledge and network to make initiatives and investments in tourism.


“We are changing from being just an education committee to a human capital development committee with a specific purpose of understanding what the human resource trends are, and combining it with the expertise of the government,” he added.


With about two-thirds of the current team of 12 from the education industry, Bottrill said: “We have excellent education partners, so now we are looking to build and broaden our scope in the committee, and involve industry and governance partners as well as NGOs that can simply make our outcomes more productive.”


Bottrill explained that the purpose of this committee is to provide guidance to PATA on human capital development strategy so as to enhance quality and performance of tourism-related human resources in Asia-Pacific.


The call for nominations will remain open until the end of this month, and the term of appointment for a committee member is two years.


Read more in TTG-PATA Travel Mart 2015 Show Daily

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