REPORT ON PATA MALAYSIA CHAPTER (PMC)
TOURISM CAREER FAIR 2017
Whilst human capital is considered as an important asset and the backbone for any organization, quality human capital and high service standards are vital ingredients for the success and continued growth of a service industry like tourism. The success of a tourism destination is determined not only by price competitiveness or the range of attractions available but also by the quality of the human capital and services provided. However, difficulty in attracting and retaining quality and skilled manpower, high turnover rate and mis-match between training & development and industry requirements have been some of the ongoing challenges affecting the tourism sector especially in the hotels, restaurants, travel & tour agencies and a few other related organizations.
PATA Tourism Career Fair 2017:
In recognizing the above needs and challenges, PATA Malaysia Chapter (PMC) supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC), Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia and in collaboration with several Universities & Colleges offering tourism and hospitality programmes in Malaysia, held its fourth Tourism Career Fair on 11 November 2017 at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with the theme ‘Today’s talent, Tomorrow’s success’.
The Career Fair was officially launched by Y.Bhg. Dato’ Chong Yoke Har, Deputy Director General, Tourism Malaysia.
The Career Fair was aimed at connecting fresh graduates and graduates from the tourism and hospitality faculties of the various universities & colleges in Malaysia with the potential employers (corporate organizations) from the tourism and hospitality sector under one roof.
Tourism Career Forum:
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 and hospitality industry shared their insights, views and recommendations on the topic “Today’s talent, Tomorrow’s success: Are You the Right Candidate for the Industrial Revolution 4.0 ?
The panel for the Tourism Career Forum comprised the following individuals:
Moderator – Mr Iskandar Mirza B. Mohd. Yusof
Director, Corporate Communication, Tourism Malaysia
Mr Cheah Swee Hee (Sam)
President, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)
Mr Nigel Wong
Honorary Secretary General,
Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA)
[on behalf of President MATTA, Y.Bhg. Datuk Tan Kok Liang]
Chef Ahmad Kasdi Mohd. Dahari
Director/Group Chef, Serapi Group Sarawak
Mr Yusno Yunos
CEO & Founder, Y Us Sdn. Bhd.
Brand Showcase Presentations:
The programme for the event also included Brand Showcase presentations by Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, De Palma Group of Hotels, Bumi Kilat Enterprise and Mary Kay Inc.
Outcome of the Career Fair 2016:
The Fair attracted close to 1000 graduate students from 20 over universities & colleges in Malaysia and 21 exhibitors from the tourism and hospitality sector which included hotels, travel/tour agents, theme parks, convention centre and other organisations connected with the tourism and hospitality industry.
Overall, the Fair was a great success and provided an excellent platform for the student participants to explore the career opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry related to their qualification and skills. For the participating exhibitors, it also provided an excellent avenue and opportunity to network, showcase their organisations and career opportunities available, as well as to attract the best talent/qualified candidates for full-time and part-time career opportunities and internship programmes.
Chairman : Prof. Dr. Mohamad Abdullah Hemdi (UiTM)
PMC Committee Member
Co-Chairman : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norliza Aminudin (UiTM)
Committee Members : Datuk M. Ali (Dhesu Travel & Tours [M] Sdn. Bhd.)/
PMC Hon. Secretary
Dato’ Aruldas Arulandu (Tourland Travel Sdn. Bhd.)/
Mr Kamaruddin Baharin (Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur)/
Ms Nurul Syaza Mohamad Anuar (Tourism Malaysia)
Mr Steve Woon (Lexis Hotels & Resorts Sdn. Bhd.)/
PMC Committee Member
Mr Nicholas Yeap (Flexiroam Sdn. Bhd.)/
PMC Committee Member
Mr GP Subramaniam (PMC Executive Secretary)
Co-opted Members : Ms Izwarni Mohd. Salleh (Erican College)
Ms Thong Lai Kit (Berjaya University College)
Assoc. Prof. Abd. Azis Abd. Majid (HELP University)
Ms Zuraida Bakar ( Kolej MCS)
Ms Nur Azureen Jaafar (Kolej Komuniti Selayang)
Prof. Dr. Kashid Hussain (UCSI University)
A total of seven (8) meetings were held to organize this event.
Date: 20 November 2017