The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of two new government members to the PATA Executive Board.
Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Maldives and Ms Noredah Othman, General Manager, Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia were both elected for a two-year term beginning April 29, 2021.
On the new Executive Board members, PATA Chair Soon-Hwa Wong said, “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and Ms Noredah Othman to the Executive Board. Their proven track record and background will make them a great asset to PATA and our members.”
Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has been the Minister of Tourism, Republic of Maldives since August 6, 2020. Born to the island of Kelaa, Maldives, Dr. Mausoom started his tourism industry career in 1985, as an admirative officer at the Department of Tourism. He holds a Doctorate Degree on sustainable tourism development, conferred by the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, UK. His thesis was on interdependency and the relationship between the government and the private sector and their changing roles in the development of enclave micro island tourism. He spent over 10 years abroad for higher education in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Malaysia.
In his political affiliations, Dr. Mausoom was the Secretary General of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) in 2008 and was a Member of the Maldives Parliament representing the Kelaa Constituency from 2009 to 2014. He joined the Jumhooree Party (JP) in 2014 and was elected the Vice President of the party, a post he has held since the start of his diplomatic career in 2019.
Dr. Mausoom had served as Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation and Minister of Environment, Energy and Water. Before joining the Cabinet in 2008, he was the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Dr. Mausoom also served as a Member of Tourism Promotion Advisory Council; Member of College Council of Maldives College of Higher Education; Non-executive Board Member at two of the main Public Companies of the country, Maldives Transport & Construction Company (MTCC) and State Trading Organization (STO). From 2018 to 2019, he served as Board Member of Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), and Council Member for 4 years at the Council of Villa College of Maldives. As the General Manager Dr. Mausoom also managed, Sun Island Resort and Spa for four years from 2013.
From February 2019 to August 2020 Dr. Mausoom served in the diplomatic corps of Maldives. He was the High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of Singapore and Non-Resident High Commissioner to New Zealand and Designated Non-Resident High Commissioner to Australia.
With 30 years’ experience in Sabah Tourism, Ms. Noredah Othman is the longest-serving officer with Sabah Tourism Board. She is responsible for marketing and promotion of the destination.
Ms. Othman has held various positions since October 1990 and served as Deputy General Manager (Support Services) from 2016. Prior to that, she was the Senior Marketing Manager for the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA markets from 2011 to 2015. She was the Marketing Manager for the UK, Europe and Australia from 2005-2010.
Ms. Othman, a mother of three children, completed her education in Singapore, started her career as tourist assistant with the Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (STPC), the forerunner of STB, in 1990. Between 1991 and 2005, she held the position of assistant public affairs officer and later as communications manager. Ms. Othman was awarded the PATA Foundation’s scholarship for Executive Development for Tourism (EDIT) Programme in 2015.
Dr. Mausoom and Ms. Othman will join the other Executive Board members including Soon-Hwa Wong, Chair, PATA and CEO, AsiaChina Pte., Ltd., Singapore; Hai Ho, Vice Chair, PATA and CEO – Triip Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Suman Pandey, Secretary/Treasurer PATA and President – Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, Nepal; Andrew Jones FIH. CHA, Guardian – Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR; Oliver Martin, Partner – Twenty31 Consulting Inc., Canada; Peter Semone, Founder and President – Destination Human Capital Limited, Timor Leste; Dr. Fanny Vong, President – Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), Macao, China; Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director – Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Macao, China and Supawan Teerarat, Senior VP, Strategic Business Development & Innovation – Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Thailand.
The new Executive Board members were ratified at the PATA Annual General Meeting held online on April 29, 2021.