MARIO HARDY

Chief Executive Officer PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (PATA)
Mario Hardy was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the not-for- profit membership association that catalyses responsible development of travel and tourism within the Asia Pacific region, in November 2014. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PATA Foundation, a non- profit organisation with a focus on the protection of the environment, the conservation of culture and heritage, and support for education. Dr. Hardy has 30 years of experience in specialised aviation businesses focusing on data analytics and technology, coupled with several corporate leadership capacities. He is also the founder of Venture Capital firm MAP2 | Ventures, an investment fund with a wide portfolio of technology-centric businesses in the field of FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, GreenTech and FMCG, as well as a platform that provides valuable management advice, mentorship and access to a vast network built in corporate development. Dr. Hardy received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Capilano University in 2016 for his philanthropic work in Cambodia where he helped develop a school for underprivileged children and for his support in the development of a Community Based Tourism project in Vietnam. In 2017, he graduated from the Executive Program of Singularity University in Exponential Technologies and was honoured as a “Global Ambassador of Peace Through Tourism” at World Travel Market by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism.
Speaker’s sessions
Tue, Oct 15, 02:30PM - 03:15PM

PANEL SESSION V: TRAVEL LAB ASIA: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF BRINGING TOURISM SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY TO ASIA PACIFIC (in cooperation with PATA)

SI: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, Portuguese, Spanish

In Asia and the Pacific, international tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 535 million by 2030, making it the region with the highest absolute gain in arrivals. To ensure that the Asia Pacific travel industry keeps apace of sustainability best practices – and is well positioned to become the global leader of such best practices – the Asian Development Bank Ventures, PATA, and Plug and Play Tech Center have co-created Travel LabAsia. Travel Lab Asia matches travel and hospitality companies with technologies that improve business performance while solving their most pressing sustainability and environmental needs.

This session will examine how technological innovation is part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector. How can sustainable technologies allow tourism industries around the world to meet the challenges and opportunities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? What will be their impact and how can they promote well-being?