Industry Update
Appointment16 November 2016

Jie Cheng (JC) Wong

Appointed Young Tourism Professional Ambassador
At Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in Bangkok, Thailand

Jie Cheng (JC) WongThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Miss Jie Cheng (JC) Wong as Young Tourism Professional Ambassador effective January 1, 2017. This new role has been created as part of the Association’s continuing commitment to the development of young tourism professionals. In her new role Miss Wong reports to PATA’s Director – Human Capital Development Mrs Parita Niemwongse. “The development of human capital is one of our industry’s biggest challenges and it is vitally important that we engage and inspire the next generation of leaders,” said PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy. “JC joined our organisation as an Associate Intern before accepting a full-time position as Communications and Marketing Assistant. She is the perfect candidate to connect with dynamic young industry professionals and I am sure that she will revel in this new role as our Young Tourism Professional Ambassador.” PATA has established a new membership category exclusively for young tourism professionals and Miss Wong’s activities will centre upon the launch and development of a programme of youth-centric activities throughout the year. She will also manage and further develop the network of PATA student chapters, working closely with the Association’s events team to ensure that students and young professionals are given the opportunity to attend and participate at PATA events. “We want tomorrow’s tourism industry leaders to have a platform today to share their views. PATA is committed to providing that platform and we look forward to creating many opportunities for positive engagement with this influential group, “added Dr. Hardy. JC Wong moved to Thailand from Malaysia in 2014 to explore career opportunities and pursue her passion in Human Capital Development, which she developed as one of the pioneers and the Chairperson of the PATA Malaysia Taylor’s Student Chapter. She joined PATA as an Intern in January 2014. In her role as Communications and Marketing Assistant Miss Wong has helped to manage the Association’s online platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the website She initiated social media platforms to connect the various PATA student chapters and has raised the share of voice of these student chapters at various annual committee meetings during wide-ranging discussions on industry issues. Miss Wong was an integral part of the planning teams for the 2015 and 2016 PATA Global Insights Conferences in Auckland and helped to draft the programmes for this year’s PATA Annual Summit and PATA/UNWTO Ministerial Debate in Guam, USA. JC holds a Bachelor Degree in International Tourism Management with a Recreation major from Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She speaks five languages including English, Thai and Mandarin.

Taylor's College

Jie Cheng (JC) Wong (Class of 2013) is a graduate of Taylor's College in Petaling Jaya - Malaysia
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Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond.
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