pata logo whiteThe next PATA Youth Symposium is to be hosted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM). Organised by the Association’s Human Capital Development Committee, the Symposium takes place on Thursday, May 18 with the theme of ‘No Barriers: Millennials and the Future of Tourism’.

“With the Association’s activities this year including a special focus upon the Young Tourism Professional this PATA Youth Symposium reflects our commitment to the next generation of tourism professionals. As we continue to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of students engaged in tourism, hospitality management and related degree courses this event is an outstanding opportunity for them to hear from and to network with tourism industry leaders,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.

The Youth Symposium takes place on the first day of a busy PATA Annual Summit programme taking place in Negombo. The programme was developed with guidance from Dr. Chris Bottrill, Chairman of the PATA Human Capital Development (HCD) Committee and Dean, Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University.

Confirmed speakers at the Youth Symposium include Dr. Mario Hardy; Sunil Dissanayake; Aleandre Kwan (Philanthropies Asia Programme Manager, Microsoft, Singapore); Andrew Chan ( Founder and CEO - ACI HR Solutions, Singapore); Dr. Chris Bottrill (Chairman of the PATA Human Capital Development Committee and Dean of the Faculty of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University, Canada); Faeez Fadhlillah (CEO - Tripfez and PATA Face of the Future 2017); Hiran Cooray (Chairman - Jetwing Hotels) and Miss JC Wong, PATA Young Tourism Professional Ambassador.

The symposium includes plenary talks on ‘Talent and Recruitment in the Tourism Industry – The future for Gen Y and Millennials’, ‘Corporate Commitment to Future Generations’ and ‘Youth Entrepreneurship for the 21st century’. The event also features two interactive roundtable discussions on ‘What is important to the future Generation of Tourism Professionals?’ and ‘How will Millennials and the next Generation Change the Future of Tourism?’