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Craigs to step down as PATA chief executive

Craigs to step down as PATA chief executive

Pacific Asia Travel Association chief executive Martin Craigs is expected to announce his retirement from the role today.

PATA is presently meeting at its Travel Mart 2014 event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the board of the organisation reportedly selecting a new leader for the organisation.

Craigs was appointed to the post in Delhi, India, in September 2011 to serve a three year term with a mandate to revitalise the organisation and deliver a “next generation” mind set. 

He will not seek a second term.

Under his leadership the organisation has adopted a new headquarters, remodelled its management team, and introduced a host of innovations including PATAhubcity, PATAmPOWER, PATAacademy and PATAinterns.

Last year, for the first time in four years PATA declared a profit, after $1 + million of losses in 2010/11.

Mario Hardy, currently chief operating officers, is expected to become interim chief executive from November.

Craigs is expected to complete special event commitments for PATA during November, including at the World Travel Market in London and the organisation’s participation at the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November.