AssociationSymposium will be held during annual PATA Mart 2019 on September 18

PATA Youth Symposium heads to Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan capital city Astana will host the upcoming PATA Youth Symposium on September 18.
Kazakhstan capital city Astana will host the upcoming PATA Youth Symposium on September 18. Photo Credit: RenatMansurov/Getty Images

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be holding its Youth Symposium during the annual PATA Mart 2019 in Kazakhstan next month.

Themed “From Beginning to End: How Stories Connect Us”, the symposium will take place on September 18 at the M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“This year’s PATA Youth Symposium aims to inspire the next generation of young tourism professionals to tell their own unique stories by bringing together industry leaders who are passionate about creating a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy.

The symposium is organised by PATA Human Capital Development Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakh Tourism National Company and M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University.

The symposium is the first such event organised in a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) country, according to Talgat Narikbayev, chairman of the board of JSC “M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University”.

“Kazakhstan stands at the starting point of tourism industry development and now faces an ambitious task to increase its share in GDP to 8% by 2025. We have all the resources to become an attractive tourism destination in the future.

“The development of tourism depends on many aspects - governmental support, country promotion, investments into tourism infrastructure, and not the least, on fostering the future professionals of the tourism industry,” said Narikbayev.

Speakers who will be presenting at the symposium include:

•    Kairat Sadvakasov, deputy chairman of Kazakh Tourism JSC
•    Talgat Narikbayev, chairman of the board of JSC “M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University”
•    Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA
•    Stephanie Wells, chair of PATA Human Capital Development Committee and chair of the School of Tourism Management, Capilano University, Canada
•    Vasyl Khomko, creative producer and film director; Jason Lin, chief of talent, talent basket
•    Rika Jean-François, commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility, Competence Centre Travel & Logistics, ITB Berlin

The symposium will feature presentations on Kazakhstan, career building and sustainability and two interactive roundtable discussions.

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