BANGKOK - Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will not extend his term beyond the end of December 2020.
Hardy, who was appointed to the position at PATA six years ago, said he has achieved what he had set out to do for the association. He will seek other opportunities, in tourism or other sectors.
“I was appointed…almost six years ago with the goal of reshaping this now 69-year-old organisation, which at the time was struggling to stay relevant. PATA is now financially sustainable, steadily growing its reach, and thriving with new initiatives to support the sustainable development of the tourism industry,” he said in a letter to industry colleagues.
“I am proud of all the achievements the organisation has accomplished and the amazing support I have received from the staff at the secretariat, our chair Chris Bottrill, our members and industry partners,” he added.
PATA will shortly begin the process of seeking a new CEO.
The association’s chairman acknowledged and thanked Hardy for his leadership.
“We have been fortunate to have Mario at the helm of this organisation as our industry and the association has dramatically evolved and grown over the past few years,” Mr Bottrill said in the message to members.
“He has been especially effective in helping our association transition its digital communications and operations effectively, and he has been a strong advocate for sustainability which has become more critical to us all with the impending climate change challenges on our planet.
“We are pleased that Mario will continue to work with us as we transition to a new CEO and we wish him all the best when he does leave our association to new endeavours.
"We will communicate our process for selecting a new CEO to members soon. This will be a transparent and competitive process to select the best candidate possible as we enter another period of dynamic change for our association.”