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30 Nov, 2016

Yavalaksana Pangsapa, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date of Birth: 10 October 1936

Marital Status: Widow


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


1956-1958 Frank’s Beverly Hills Company, California, U.S.A.

1958-1960 Trans World Airlines, Bangkok.

1960-1982  Director of Metropole Travel Service Ltd., Partnership, Bangkok .

1983-Present, Chairman and Director, Lucky Travel Service Co., Ltd., Bangkok.

She was deeply involved in the various Thai travel & tourism associations, especially the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), becoming the second President after its formation in 1968.

First Thai lady to be elected as President of Association of Thai Travel Agents twice, first between 1986-88 and then again from 1975-1977. She remains the only woman to have headed ATTA.

First Thai lady in ASEAN to be elected as President of ASEANTA. (1984-1985)

First Thai lady in ASEAN to be elected President of Federation of ASEAN Travel Agent Associations (FATA) (1984-1985)

First Thai lady to be appointed to Tourism Authority of Thailand Board of Directors in 1986.

2012-14 – Treasurer, Thailand Tourism Council