The idea to start our chapter began when Mr. Andrew Jones, PATA Chairman at the time, came in as a guest speaker in 2016 for TOUR 111 – Introduction to Tourism at Capilano University. He recommended that the students consider establishing a PATA Student Chapter here at Capilano University. Inspired by his presentation, several students decided to do just that.
There are currently over 20 PATA student chapters throughout Asia, with five in the Pacific region. Our student chapter is the only one of its kind in Canada! As we are the first student chapter in Canada, we caught the attention of other Universities in Asia. We want to build great relationships with these Universities that reach across Asia from as far west as Dhaka, Bangladesh to as far east as Manila, Philippines. It is a very exciting time for all the student members and professors involved.
Our mission is to help tourism students from both sides of the Pacific to be more connected, expand their networks, develop professional skills and contribute to the development of an innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism industry.
We look forward to sharing our journey and successes with you this year!