PATA Malaysia Chapter (PMC) supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC), Malaysia, and Tourism Malaysia and in collaboration with several universities and colleges offering tourism and hospitality programmes in Malaysia, (coordinated by Universiti Teknologi MARA- UiTM) held its second Tourism Career Fair on 12 September 2015 at the Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur, with the theme “Today’s talent, Tomorrow’s success.”
The Career Fair was officially launched by Y.Bhg. Dato’ Zainol Abidin Omar, Deputy Chairman, Tourism Malaysia.
The Career Fair was aimed at connecting students and potential employees from the various universities & colleges in Malaysia with the organizations from the tourism and hospitality sector under one roof. Students from more than thirty (30) universities, colleges and training centres which offer tourism related courses were invited to the Career Fair.
A total of 21 exhibitors participated in the Fair which included the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airports and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Tourism Unit), representatives from hotels, resorts, theme parks, catering companies, and educational institutions, as well as travel/tour agents and other organisations connected with the tourism and hospitality industry.
In conjunction with the Tourism Career Fair, PMC also arranged a Tourism Career Forum to share knowledge and inputs on tourism that would be of interest and benefit to the student participants. Prominent speakers from the tourism, airline, hotel, and travel and tour industries shared their insights, views and recommendations on the topic “Today’s talent, Tomorrow’s success: Attracting and Retaining the Right People for Tourism Industry,” from the perspective of their related industries.
The panel for the Tourism Career Forum comprised the following individuals:
Y.Brs. Dr. Junaida Lee Abdullah – Deputy Secretary General (Management); Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Mr Sam Cheah – President, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)
Y.Bhg. Dato’ Syed Mohd.Razif – President, Bumiputera Travel & Tour Agents Association of Malaysia (BUMITRA)
Encik Mohd. Hariss Abdullah – General Manager Commercial, Malindo Air
Mr Wallace Wong – Regional Director Asia, PATA
The programme for the event also included Brand Showcase presentations by Boustead Holdings Bhd, Legoland Malaysia Resort and Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd.
Overall, the Fair was a success and provided an excellent avenue for the student participants to explore their capabilities and job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry. At the same time it also served as an excellent platform for the participating organisations from the tourism and hospitality industry to network with the students, to share information on their respective organisations and career opportunities, as well as to attract the best talent/qualified candidates for full-time and part-time job opportunities and internship programmes.
The Organising Committee for this event comprised following members :
Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohamad Abdullah Hemdi (UiTM)
Committee Members :
Datuk M. Ali (Dhesu Travel & Tours)/Hon. Secretary
Mr Aruldas Arulandu (Tourland Travel)/Hon.Treasurer
Mr Kamaruddin Baharin (The Royale Bintang KL)
Mr Manmohan Singh (MAS)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toney Thomas (Taylor’s University)
Mr Steve Woon (Lexis Hotels & Resorts)
Ms Azizah Aziz (Tourism Malaysia)
Ms Sarafena Adam (Tourism Malaysia)
Mr GP Subramaniam (Executive Secretary)
Report from UiTM:
Some photos of the event: