Over 200 young professionals, students and lecturers participated in a dynamic discussion at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Youth Symposium on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Under the theme “What Do You Want to Share with the World? Tourism and Cultural Integrity for Cambodia”, the Symposium commenced prior to the 2014 PATA Travel Mart
The programme was developed with guidance from Dr Chris Bottrill, Chairman of the PATA Education and Training Committee and Dean, Faculty of Global and Community Studies, Capilano University. Dr Bottrill noted that the PATA Youth Symposium aims to provide a strong career foundation for students who wish to enhance their value-adding networking opportunities with travel professionals.
The Symposium opened with welcome statements by Dr Neth Baromey, Head of Department of Tourism, and Dr Oum Ravy, Vice Rector, RUPP, who both thanked the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia and PATA for their collaboration in organising the PATA Youth Symposium at RUPP. They both added that the Symposium was a great platform for students to exchange ideas and network with experienced industry professionals who provided valuable insights for the next generation.
All participants interactively shared their views in roundtable discussions on the following topics: What do you love about Cambodia? What are the most important things to conserve? What are the biggest challenges for Cambodia? And what can you do about these Challenges?
In recent years, the PATA Education and Training Committee has organised successful educational events at various institutions including UCSI University Sarawak Campus (April 2010), Institute for Tourism Studies (September 2010), Beijing International Studies University(April 2011) and Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur (April 2012), Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila (September 2012), Thammasat University, Bangkok (April 2013), Chengdu Polytechnic, Huayuan Campus, China (September 2013) and Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai Campus, China, (May 2014).