Organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association Macau SAR Student Chapter (also known as PATA Macao Student Chapter) and supported by PATA Macau Chapter, the 2022 PATA Student Talk in Macao was successfully held on April 28, 2022, at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies Taipa Campus. The judging panel was composed of the Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Dean of Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management of Macau University of Science and Technology, Prof. Ben K. Goh, Director of Marketing Department of Macau International Airport Company Ltd. (CAM), Mr. Eric Fong, Director of Sales of Sands Resorts Macao, Ms. Crystal Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Vacations International Travel Service (Macau) Ltd., Mr. Yany Kwan, and Assistant Professor of Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, Dr. Ali Bavik. The judges voted FHTM student Wu Ziyue as the champion; Lin Huiying and Liu Fanbin as the 1st runner-up; Guo Yichen and Wang Ziyu as the 2nd runner-up; and Zhang Weiyi won the popularity award.
(From Left) Presenting Souvenirs to Judges Mr. Yany Kwan, Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Prof. Ben K. Goh, Mr. Eric Fong, Ms. Crystal Chan, Dr. Ali Bavik and Mr. Jonmon Wen (President of PATA Macau Student Chapter)
Students from the Macau University of Science and Technology, the University of Macau, the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, and the City University of Macau participated in the contest and eventually, 12 contestants entered the final. Contestants gave appealing presentations on stage with their ideas and views on the tourism industry.
Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Shared Her Views on Tourism with Contestants
(From Left) Prof. Ben K. Goh and Champion Awardee Wu Ziyue
1st Runner-Up Awardees Lin Huiying and Liu Fanbin, with Mr. Eric Fong (Center)
(From Left) 2nd Runner-Up Awardees Guo Yichen, Tang Zhiqi (IFTM Year 4 Undergraduate Student), and Wang Ziyu, with Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes
(From Left) Popularity Awardees Zhang Weiyi with Mr. Jonmon Wen
In a positive response to the “Tourism +” cross-industry collaboration policy enacted by the Macao SAR government, the PATA Macao SAR Student Chapter has been preparing for the English Speech Competition “PATA Student Talk in Macau 2022” with the substantial support of PATA Macau Chapter. It is hoped to increase the interest of PATA Macau Chapter members and students of tourism-related majors in the tourism industry, and to evoke their unique insights into the tourism-related industry in Macao and the Greater Bay Area, laying a foundation for their future careers.
Prof. Ben K. Goh, Dean of FHTM delivered a speech and said that M.U.S.T., as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PATA Macau Chapter, had cultivated a new generation of talents with multiple skills for Macao and other regions, aiming to position and develop Macao as a world center of tourism and leisure. As the student branch of PATA Macau Chapter, the PATA Macao SAR Student Chapter was committed to creating a platform for students to connect with the tourism industry, deepen their understanding of the tourism industry, and strengthen their competitiveness in their future careers development.
Speech by Prof. Ben K. Goh as a PATA Macau Chapter Representative