New Executive Board at PATA

… Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK); Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Oliver Martin, Partner …

Soon-Hwa Wong has been formally endorsed as the Chair of the e Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Executive Board and replaces Dr. Chris Bottrill who was elected Chair in May 2018 and remains a member of the Executive Board as Immediate Past Chair.

On his appointment, Soon-Hwa said, “It is indeed an honour to be given the privilege to serve PATA members, especially in a time like this. PATA will celebrate a significant milestone, our 70th Anniversary, next year. We are embarking on a comprehensive organisation redesign that will transform PATA into an association that will lead the tourism industry into the post-Covid future and beyond. Together with our industry partners from both the public and private sector, we will commit to sustainable tourism development to benefit the economic well-being of the community at large. Come join us in our journey to build a safer and better world.”

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Top Row: L/R: 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; Dr. Chris Bottrill, Immediate Past Chair – PATA and Director – International, Capilano University, Canada; Andrew Jones FIH. CHA, Guardian – Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR; Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; and Dr. Fanny Vong, President – Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), Macao, China. Bottom Row: L/R: Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK); Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Oliver Martin, Partner – Twenty31 Consulting Inc., Canada; Peter Semone, Founder and President – Destination Human Capital Limited, Timor Leste; Vinoop Goel, Regional Director – Airports & External Relations, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Singapore; 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.

Soon Hwa has some 40 years of extensive experience in the Asia Pacific tourism and hospitality industry. After a long and successful corporate career, he founded Asia Tourism to provide advisory and consulting services to commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. He recently set up AsiaChina, primarily focusing on the two-way tourism flow between China and the APAC region. As part of paying it forward, he is also providing pro-bono services in mentoring start-ups and university students in his alma mater in addition to serving in several social committees.

He started the Hertz Asia Pacific office in Singapore in 1993. As Vice President – Asia, he built a comprehensive regional network, reinforcing Hertz ‘s position as global market leader. He spent 3 years in Shanghai from 2007 to 2010 and opened the first 100% foreign owned car rental company in China. After Hertz, as Regional Director – Asia Pacific, he helped Blacklane GmbH establish the APAC regional office in Singapore and built a service network covering some 80 cities. Blacklane is a new tech professional chauffeur drive service provider offering rides in some 300 cities and 60 countries globally. Prior to joining Hertz, he was Regional Manager – South East Asia for Air New Zealand.

A Bachelor of Business Administration graduate of the National University of Singapore, he is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and attended the Stanford Executive Program. Soon Hwa’s long association with PATA dates back to 1996 and he has served in various capacities over the years. Presently serving as Chairman of the PATA Singapore Chapter, Soon Hwa is also the recipient of the PATA Life Member Award in 2018 and PATA Award of Merit in 2008.

During the PATA Board Meeting held virtually on Monday, October 12, 2020, PATA also elected six new members to its Executive Board including Hai Ho, CEO – Triip Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Suman Pandey, President – Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, Nepal; Andrew Jones FIH. CHA, Guardian – Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR; Dr. Fanny Vong, President – Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), Macao, China; Oliver Martin, Partner – Twenty31 Consulting Inc., Canada, and Peter Semone, Founder and President – Destination Human Capital Limited, Timor Leste.

Other Executive Board members include Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Vinoop Goel, Regional Director – Airports & External Relations, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Singapore, and Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK).

Hai Ho and Suman Pandey were elected as the new Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively.

Hai Ho said, “Being one of the youngest elected Vice Chair at an important organisation with a deep history like PATA is the biggest honour I have ever received. I take on this role to contribute my part to both PATA and the global sustainable travel movement which is growing with strength and resilience around the world. I am mindful that we are still living in a COVID-19 world where our fellow tour guides, travel agents, hoteliers, etc. are fighting against all odds to keep travellers safe and sound.

I am mindful that the world we are living in now, will not be the world we will live in tomorrow. Therefore, I remind myself every day to waste no time and seize any moment to learn from other PATA members, so that I can utilise my energy and knowledge to help our industry in any way I can contribute.”

Hai Ho is a high-impact entrepreneur and head of Triip, an unrivalled travel-cum-tech company incorporated in Singapore. He has 12 years of experience in high-growth firms building a range of tech products like payment gateway products, social networks, wearable hardware, community apps, and eBook apps to name a few. Hai’s experience in start-up creation and understanding in the global travel industry led him to create Triip.me, a platform that at its core is a network of accommodation and personalized tours made available to a broad audience of millions. The network’s competitive advantage is its ability for anyone around the world to create, execute and be paid for a tour using Triip.me. Through Triip’s tech-centric positioning and expertise, Hai has launched a first-to-market blockchain network called the Triip Protocol. Hai and his team are crafting a cryptocurrency that will enable travel service providers to connect directly with travellers in a new, decentralized marketplace that will drive down costs of both client acquisition and travel itself. Through the firm, Hai has advanced a sustainability-driven business philosophy of at the core of its vision. In four years, it’s created jobs for locals in 100 countries, which have made it a darling of a financial coverage in publications including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes and The Next Web. Triip was also one of 512 members of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics – a programme by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Suman Pandey is a well-known figure in Nepalese Tourism and President of Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, a well-known name for diverse and innovative operations. He is also the CEO of Fishtail Air, a Nepalese helicopter company; Director of Summit Air, a fixed wing operator catering to tourists going to the Mt. Everest area; Director of the biggest business complex in Nepal, “Chhaya Centre”, a multi-faceted Mega Complex that includes a five star managed by Starwood under the “Aloft” brand; President of the Himalaya Academy of Travel and Tourism, an academy imparting tourism related vocational trainings, and President of Himalayan Pre- Fab Pvt. Ltd, a company specializing on making eco-friendly prefabricated homes. His remarkable contributions in the Nepalese Tourism Industry have made him eligible for various titles and decorations including “Suprasidha Gorkha Dakshin Bahu” from the King of Nepal in 2004; “Tourism Icon” by the Nepal Association of Tourism Journalists in 2018; a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by tourism publication Gantabya Nepal in 2017; “Tourism Man of the year” by Gantabya Nepal in 2010; and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for contributions in tourism by the “American Biographical Institute” (ABI) based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA in 2008, to name a few.

Furthermore, 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 have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.

The new Executive Board members were confirmed at the PATA Annual General Meeting held online on October 14, 2020.

Southern Cross strikes deal with Australia’s Telstra for US$300m Next cable

Telstra all but exited the New Zealand telecommunications market in 2012 when it sold its local subsidiary TelstraClear to Vodafone for $840m.

It now appears certain that Southern Cross Cable will lay a new US$300 million (NZ$479m) internet cable between New Zealand, the United States and Australia with the help of Australia’s Telstra.

The Southern Cross Cable joint venture originally announced the conditional go-ahead for the investment in the Next cable in April.

However, that was subject to a financing agreement and a lack of updates since then had fed speculation that a deal might not be completed, or could be held up.

Spark said on Tuesday that a deal had now been done, which is subject only to “procedural” details.

The agreement will see Spark’s shareholding in Southern Cross reduce from 50 per cent to about 40 per cent and Telstra come on board as a 25 per cent shareholder in the Bermuda-based joint venture.

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Hawaiki Cable broke Southern Cross' monopoly on the direct US-NZ route last year, but it now seems certain that won't stop Southern Cross investing in new capacity.
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Hawaiki Cable broke Southern Cross’ monopoly on the direct US-NZ route last year, but it now seems certain that won’t stop Southern Cross investing in new capacity.

The other minority owners of Southern Cross are Singapore’s Singtel and United States company Verizon.

The remaining matters should be satisfied “within the next few days”, Spark said in a statement to the NZX.

Spark expects to invest between NZ$70m and NZ$80m in the Next cable, depending on income from pre-sales of capacity on the cable.

It expected “strong long-term returns, with dividend receipts from Southern Cross expected to resume from 2022”.

Southern Cross said in April its Next cable would be able to carry 72 terabits of data per second – more than three times the capacity of its existing network – and would also provide connections to Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati.

Next is expected to be in service by the end of 2021. Spark said the cable would provide it with “greater certainty of supply should demand for data grow faster than expected”.

Spark expects to have to invest between $70m and $80m in capital expenditure in the Next cable,
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Spark expects to have to invest between $70m and $80m in capital expenditure in the Next cable,

Auckland company Hawaiki Cable broke Southern Cross’ monopoly on the direct route between New Zealand and the United States last year when it completed its Hawaiki cable between New Zealand, Australia and the US.

The Chilean government last month ordered a feasibility study on another cable that would link Chile and China and which Chilean media have reported would be most likely to be routed through Auckland.

That would require the New Zealand government to grant permission for a landing station.

Telstra all but exited the New Zealand telecommunications market in 2012 when it sold its local subsidiary TelstraClear to Vodafone for $840m.

The sale agreement included a “non-compete” that largely shut Telstra out of the New Zealand market but that is understood to have since expired.

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Telstra adds capacity to its submarine cable network in Asia Pacific

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has considerably increased capacity of its submarine network stretching across the Asia Pacific.

According to Michael Ebeid, group executive for enterprise business at Telstra, the company has made substantial efforts to boost its network capacity, with strategic investments in infrastructure across the Asia Pacific region following its 2015 acquisition of Pacnet.

As we noted at that time, the acquisition gave Telstra control of almost two dozen data centers, along with strategic submarine network routes. The latter included the EAC-C2C system, with design capacity of up to 30.72Tb.

Over the past 12 months, Telstra has also made efforts to improve its capabilities on routes between Asia and the US, with a half fiber pair investment in the Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable and a 6Tb capacity purchase in the Pacific Light Cable Networks (PLCN) cable. Both are due to be completed in 2020.

In December 2018, Telstra entered into an agreement to purchase a 25 percent stake in the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), subject to documentation and regulatory approval. This includes acquisition of substantial capacity on both the existing SSCN and the upcoming Southern Cross Next cable systems.

Telstra says multiple investments in SCCN, HKA, PLCN and INDIGO will grow its submarine cable network ownership by more than 25Tb, once complete.

“Capacity demand on our international network has almost doubled over the past two years to over 200Tb, driven by the explosion of cloud computing, video streaming and e-commerce,” Ebeid said.

“As the Asia Pacific’s economy grows, so do we. We have increased our capacity to meet the growing data requirements of our customers now and into the future with our investments in capacity and path diversity throughout Asia Pacific.”

New Telstra service can rapidly reroute around subsea cable outages

Telstra says that a new ‘continuous connection’ service it is offering on its subsea cable network means that it can swiftly reroute traffic and mitigate the …

Telstra says that a new ‘continuous connection’ service it is offering on its subsea cable network means that it can swiftly reroute traffic and mitigate the impact of outages in minutes.

The telco began trialling the service in December is now offering it over three inter-Asia routes.

The new service in partnership with Ericsson and Ciena, and employs the latter’s GeoMesh Extreme solution. Telstra said that the extent of its submarine network combined with Ciena’s programmable infrastructure technology allowed it to reroute traffic in less than half an hour if, for example, a cable breaks.

It follows the launch in early 2017 of Telstra’s ‘Always On’ service guarantee for its Hong Kong to Singapore and Japan to Hong Kong cables routes, which the telco said allowed traffic to be rerouted within a matter of hours when necessary.

Telstra said customers for the new service could include financial services organisations, carriers and cloud services providers.