PATA boosts tourism training in the Maldives

MATATO secretary general, Ibrahim Munaz, pens the deal with PATA CEO Dr Mario Hardy at ITB Berlin
MATATO secretary general, Ibrahim Munaz, pens the deal with PATA CEO Dr Mario Hardy at ITB Berlin

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is helping the Maldives to improve the skills of its tourism workforce by hosting a series of HR workshops in the country.

The association has teamed up with the Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO) to stage the ‘PATA Human Capacity Building Programme’, with the first event due to take place in July as part of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM).

The training programme will incorporate a series of classroom sessions led by travel industry experts, along with practical activities, group assignments and networking opportunities.

“PATA’s strategy for human capital development is a key strand in the association’s mission, striving constantly to provide opportunities for local communities to share in the benefits of tourism. It is also an effective method of broadening the horizons of tourism industry professionals beyond their day-to-day tasks,” said PATA CEO, Dr Mario Hardy.

Confirmed speakers at the two-day programme include cinematographer Kyle Sandilands, travel blogger Matt Gibson,’s Trevor Weltman, and Dung ‘Mos’ Dang, founder of Scott Experience Design.

“We are very excited about this partnership programme with PATA. The Human Capacity Building Programme and the line-up of facilitators are impressive, and this definitely gives us a great opportunity for our industry to explore their creative potential and get their marketing teams refreshed for new ideas. Being the first of its kind held in Maldives I look forward to a keen response from the industry, and continue this partnership with PATA through more joint endeavours,” said MATATO president Abdulla Ghiyaz.

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