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2 Dec, 2016

Why the Era of “Crisis Management” in Tourism is Over

Kuala Lumpur — When ASEAN Crisis Communications officials convene for a special meeting in the Malaysian capital between 6-9 December 2016, one of the topics on the programme will be “How to Prevent and Pre-empt a Crisis”. To be presented by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, the talk on this topic is designed […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Official Launch: The First ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

By Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire Bangkok – Today marks the launch of the ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame (ATTHoF), the first global website to honour the achievements of the many industry veterans and stalwarts who elevated this robust and dynamic industry to its present heights. Click here more…

1 May, 2016

Can The Travel & Tourism Industry Think?

In 1998, Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, published a book called “Can Asians Think?” One review of the book says: “Asia's economies are poised to surpass those of more…

1 Dec, 2016

Alwin Zecha, Executive Chairman, Pacific Leisure Group

Date and Place of Birth: Sukabumi West Java, Indonesia, 4 April 1936. Marital status: Married with one daughter and two sons Education From 1941 to 1950, attended Dutch Secondary, Chinese/Japanese School, Dutch/Indonesian Elementary in Indonesia. Thereafter went to the United States and did high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1952. That was more…

1 Dec, 2016

Chinese low-cost airlines plan WiFi revolution

Beijing, CRIENGLISH.com - 2016-11-29 -- There are many things that air passengers on low cost airlines are happy to do without, but it looks like in-flight WiFi isn't one of them. Spring Airlines, Lucky Air, and another low-cost airline 9 Air, have announced they plan to make WiFi available on their more…

1 Dec, 2016

Chinese report: How big data reveals your behavior

Bejing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2016-11-29 - Thirty-five billion words are exchanged by more than 700 million internet users in China each day, according to a new report examining the behaviour of Chinese netizens. The report by Sogou Input and Renmin University of China calculated that more than 12 trillion words were typed by more…

1 Dec, 2016

Sri Mulyono Herlambang, President, ASITA

Date and Place of Birth: 9 November 1930, Solo, Java He began his career in the Indonesian Air Force as Ensign First Air in 1951, followed by the School of Life Sciences Strategy (1952), USAF Flight School (1955), Staff College (England 1959). Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 27 more…

1 Dec, 2016

Kusa Panyarachun, Managing Director, World Travel Service

Date and Place of Birth: 30 December 1918, Bangkok Married Status: Twice married with one son Education Vachiravudhvidhayalai and Thepsirin High School 1938, Secondary School in Philippines and College in Williston Academy in USA for two years Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Pennsylvania, USA in 1947 Career During World War II, worked with the USA military more…

1 Dec, 2016

Kurt Wachtveitl, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

  Date and Place of Birth: 31 July 1937, Munich Marital status: Married with three children: Inka, Kim, and Carla, two granddaughters and one grandson. Education A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland, he studied Philosophy at the University of Madrid, as well as History of Art and Literature at the Dante more…

1 Dec, 2016

Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, Managing Director, The Landmark Bangkok

Date and Place of Birth: July 24, 1941, Bangkok, Thailand Marital status: Married with 3 sons and one daughter Education Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University (1964) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Dhurakijpundit University (1997) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Sripatum University (2006) Career The Shell Company of Thailand, Internal Auditor (1964-1966) Managing Director, more…

1 Dec, 2016

Daisy Hadmoko, Editor/Publisher, Travel Indonesia Magazine

Date and Place of Birth: Maymyo, Burma. November 9, 1930. Education St Joseph's Convent, Maymyo 1935 to 1942. Evacuated to India in 1942 at beginning of Japanese invasion of Burma. High school: Simla, India, 1944. Faculty of Science, University of Punjab, Lahore 1945 to 1947. At outbreak of India-Pakistan partition riots. Returned to Burma. Kindergarten more…

30 Nov, 2016

Pradech Phayakvichien, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

Date of Birth: April 29, 1949 Education: 1998-1999 - National Defense College, Bangkok 1973-1975 - Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA-M.S. (Urban Design) 1964-1969 - Silpakorn University, Bangkok-B.Arch. 1957-1964 - Vajiravudh College, Bangkok Career May - October 2012, Acting Rector of Silapakorn University May - October 2012, Acting Rector of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music 2011 - 2013: more…

30 Nov, 2016

Yavalaksana Pangsapa, President, ASEANTA

Date of Birth: 10 October 1936 Education: 1950 - Mater Dei High School, Bangkok 1950-1952 - High School at Ursula College, NSW, Australia 1952-1954 - Secretarial Courses at L.W. Chant, Sydney, Australia 1954-1956 - Cosmetology at New Berry College, Hollywood, California, USA Marital Status: Widow Career 1956-1958 Frank's Beverly Hills Company, California, U.S.A. 1958-1960 Trans World Airlines, Bangkok. 1960-1982  Director more…

30 Nov, 2016

Tony Bruggemans, CEO, Sahid Int’l Hotel Management & Consulting Corp, Indonesia

  Date of Birth: June 13, 1943 Education CERIA Brussels Hotel School Diploma. Fluent in French, English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans. Career Spent 14 months as Chef Intendant of the First Belgian Dutch expedition in the South Pole before immigrating to the United States. Spent 8 years in Hawaii as Food & Beverage Manager and more…

30 Nov, 2016

Capt Jothin Pamon-Montri, VP Flight Operations, Thai Airways International

Date of and Place of Birth: 22 December 1935, Bangkok Marital Status: Married, with one son, two daughters  Education: -Certificate (G.C.E.), Shoreham Grammar School, UK -Certificate, Air Services Training Hambe, UK and Embry Riddle, USA -Certificate, Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating Multi-engine rating and ground instruction for air Transport License Training: -1976, Certificate “Intensive Advanced Management” conducted more…

30 Nov, 2016

Seree Wangpaichitr, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

Date of Birth: 24 July 1939 Education - Bangkok Christian College - Chulalongkorn University, B.A. in Political Science (majoring in International Relations) - Training in Tourism Management at the School of Tourism Industry Management, University of Hawaii, USA - Training in Tourist Business Operations at the Pacific Asia Travel Association, San Francisco, California, USA - National more…

29 Nov, 2016

Dra Cri Murthi Adi, Director Marketing, Directorate-General of Tourism, Indonesia

Date and Place of Birth: April 2nd, 1932, Lumajang, East Java Religion: Muslim Education: 1953 – 1958 BA – English Literature, Gajah Mada University, Jogjakarta Indonesia 1959 – 1961 MAT – Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Speaks fluent Dutch, English and French, and passive German, Japanese. Career 1962 Dept. of Education and Culture as Head of Foreign more…

29 Nov, 2016

Daniel Corpuz, Executive Director, Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation

Date and Place of Birth: 23 May 1952, Iloilo City, Iloilo Marital status: Married Education B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1968 - 1973 Tourism Management (Diploma with Distinction) Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Salzburg, Austria, 1975 - 1976 M.A. in Urban Planning, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1980 more…

29 Nov, 2016

Gen. Chalermchai Charuvastra, First Head of the “Tourism Organisation of Thailand”

Place and Date of Birth: Not Available Date of Passing: 8 April 2009 Education: -Wat Thepsirin School in 1933 -Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in 1940 -Thai Command and General Staff College in 1947 -British Army Staff College, Camberley, England in 1949 -Thailand National Defence College in 1962 -Honorary Degree of Strategic Development, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University in 2004 Professional more…

29 Nov, 2016

John M. Daniels, President Director, Bali Discovery Tours

Date and Place of Birth: August 16, 1953, Michigan, USA Education Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. B.A. Graduate 1975. Summa Cuma Laude. Phi Beta Kappa key recipient. Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Association. Career Bali Discovery Tours – President Director - January 2000 to present Spice Island Cruises – Managing Director - April more…

29 Nov, 2016

Pornthip Hirunkate (Addie), Managing Director, Destination Asia Thailand

Date and Place  of Birth: 14 July 1952, Bangkok Education 1972: Holy Infant Jesus Commercial School, Bangkok 2009: Thai Institute of Directors, Director Certification Program Career 1974-1984  Tour Guide, Tour East  (Thailand) Ltd. 1984-1990  Incentive Tour-Coordinator, Tour East 1990-1992  Marketing Manager, Tour East 1992-1997  Country Manager, Tour East (Thailand) 1997-2001  General Manager, Destination Asia (Thailand) Ltd. 2001- Present:  Managing Director, more…

29 Nov, 2016

Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat, President, ASEANTA

Date and Place of Birth: 9 October 1944, Bogor, Indonesia Education University of Indonesia, majoring in Psychology, MBA Program for Executives, Jakarta, Indonesia Career Pantravel, President Ayu Berga, GSA for Saudia, Chairperson Pan Maritime Wira Pawitra (shipping company) Chairperson Intrareps (International Tourism Representatives), Chairperson Pan Convince (PCO), Chairperson Associations: Indonesia-Australia Business Council, President (2005 – 2007) PATA Indonesia Chapter, Chairperson ASEANTA, President more…

29 Nov, 2016

Niels Lumholdt, Senior VP Industry Affairs, Thai Airways International

Date and Place of Birth: 12 December 1932, Esbjerg, Denmark Education Completed high school in Copenhagen, Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota. Career Joined the American Express Company in Minneapolis right after graduation. Returned to Denmark in 1956, joining SAS as a sales assistant stationed in Copenhagen. Completing the SAS Management Training Programme, served as more…

29 Nov, 2016

29 Nov – World Marks Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

United Nations, 28 Nov 2016 (UN News Centre) - Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed on 29 November: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region.  It is, in many ways, a long-standing, gaping wound more…

28 Nov, 2016

I Gusti Putu Laksaguna, Deputy Minister for Internal Control, Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

Date and Place of Birth: January 12, 1953, Tabanan, Bali Education Bachelor’s degree from the Institute of State Administration of Indonesia, Master’s degree from the University of Surrey, UK. Diploma in Hotel Management, Certified Food and Beverage Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Institute. Career Ambarrukmo Palace Hotel, Yogyakarta, 1972, moved more…

28 Nov, 2016

Sani Soemakno, President, ASEAN Hotel & Restaurant Association

  Date and Place of Birth: Ambarawa, February 13, 1936 Marital Status: Married Religion: Islam Education: 1960 – 1963: Toyo University Japan, 
Hotel Management & Travel Business 1969 – 1970: University of Hawaii, USA Hotel Industry Management 1971: Cornell University Ithaca, New York USA Hotel Management Professional career: 1957 – 1960: Front Office Manager, 
Hotel Dharma Nirmala, Jakarta 1961 – more…

28 Nov, 2016

Roberto Jotikasathira, President, ASEANTA

Date and Place of Birth:  10 August 1932, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with one son. Education: The son of a Thai diplomat and Italian mother, he did most of his schooling in Rome and London. Then did a brief stint at the University of Rome studying political science. Professional Career: Spent many early years in Italy more…

28 Nov, 2016

P.R.Gopal, President, NATAS, Singapore

Date and Place of Birth: Singapore, 15 May 1936. Education: The Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore Marital status: Married with 2 girls and 1 boy Professional Career: After school, he had various jobs from school teacher, clerk, customs. Prior to involvement in the travel industry, he served 10 years in the Armed Service as Commission Officer and more…

28 Nov, 2016

Suchada Yuvaboon, Chairperson, Rose Garden Riverside

Date of Birth: 7 March 1945 Family: 3 Children - Arrut, Col. Kana and Anak Navaraj Education: Wattana Wittaya Academy, Thailand Virgo Fidelis Convent, England Hammersmith College of Art & Building, England ICCA - Conference Management Program, Salzburg Professional Career: 2001 – present: Chairperson – Rose Garden Riverside 1987 – present: Managing Director – Phuket Orchid Garden & more…

28 Nov, 2016

Kamala Sukosol, Chairman & CEO, Sukosol Group

Date and Place of Birth; 22 October 1941, Bangkok Education: Master of International Affairs: Columbia University, New York Bachelor of Arts: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A. Professional Career: The daughter of Thai magnate Kamol Sukosol, Kamala inherited her father’s innate talent for business. After her studies in New York, Kamala returned to Thailand to join more…

28 Nov, 2016

Dr. Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, Chairperson & MD, Dusit Thani Corp

Date of Birth: 15 May 1924 Education: Elementary - Saowapha School; Secondary - Suksanaree School. University - 4th Pre-University of Moral and Political Science (Thammasat University Higher studies for two years in the US Honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the National Institute of Development Administration. Marital status: Divorced with two daughters and one son. Professional Career: Opened Bangkok’s more…

28 Nov, 2016

Moehamad Soeparno, President, Garuda Indonesia

Date and Place of Birth:  23 February 1938, Cirebon Marital Status: Married to the late Mariah Soeparno, three children. Religion: Muslim Education: - Akademi Pimpinan Perusahaan, Jakarta (Jakarta Corporate Leadership Academy), 1962 - Civil Air Transportation courses in Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1972 and 1974) - Advanced Transportation Management Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill (1982) Professional Career: 1959: Started career as passenger more…