PATA Announces New Executive Board Appointments

New Executive Board Members PATA

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Ms Noredah Othman, CEO of Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia and the election of Dr Gerald Perez, Vice President, Guam Visitors Bureau, USA, to the PATA Executive Board for a two-year term beginning June 27, 2023.

PATA Announces New Executive Board Appointments

On the announcement, PATA Chair Peter Semone said, "I would like to first thank Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Maldives, for his time and contribution to the Executive Board over the past two years.

His support and experience were a great asset to us during a critical time for our industry after the pandemic.

I would also like to welcome back Ms Noredah Othman and welcome Dr Gerald Perez to the Executive Board. Their proven track record and background will make them a great asset to PATA and our members."

Noredah Othman - CEO of Sabah Tourism Board

With 30 years of experience in Sabah Tourism, Ms Noredah Othman is the longest-serving officer with Sabah Tourism Board. She is responsible for marketing and promotion of the destination.

Ms Noredah Othman has held various positions since October 1990 and has served as Deputy General Manager (Support Services) since 2016. Before that, she was the Senior Marketing Manager for the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA markets from 2011 to 2015. She was the Marketing Manager for the UK, Europe and Australia from 2005-2010.

Ms Othman, a mother of three children, completed her education in Singapore and started her career as a tourist assistant with the Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (STPC), the forerunner of STB, in 1990.

Between 1991 and 2005, she was an assistant public affairs officer and later a communications manager. Ms Othman was awarded the PATA Foundation's Executive Development for Tourism (EDIT) Programme scholarship in 2015.

Dr Gerald Perez - Vice President, Guam Visitors Bureau, USA

Dr Gerry Perez is a dedicated and accomplished individual who has significantly contributed to various fields, particularly tourism and public service.

Born and raised in Guam, he graduated from Fr. Duenas Memorial School. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Forestry and a Master's in Wildlife Management with honours from the University of Idaho. He also holds a PhD in Tourism Development and Public Policy from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Dr Perez has demonstrated exceptional leadership and success in his private business endeavours. He retired in 2003 as a Travel Retail Executive, overseeing over 500 employees during his 23-year tenure.

He is also the proprietor of Micromed Suppliers and has served as the General Manager of the Guam Visitors Bureau. Gerry's outstanding business acumen led to his induction into the Guam Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame in 2017, and he represented the White House Business Conference as a delegate in 1994.

With an unwavering commitment to promoting tourism, Dr Perez has been actively involved in various organizations and conferences. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Guam Visitors Bureau and is a founding member of the Micronesia Cruise Association.

As a renowned speaker, he has shared his expertise at international forums such as the Beijing International Forum on Chinese Overseas Travel and the SKAL Asia Tourism Congress. Gerry's dedication to the tourism industry is further demonstrated through his memberships in the Guam Tourism Foundation and the Executive Board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Gerry has been actively engaged in civic and government roles. He has served as the Chairman of the GovGuam Retirement Fund Board of Trustees and the Vice-Chairman of the University of Guam Board of Regents.

Gerry has also held positions in organizations such as KGTF Public Television, the Bureau of Budget and Management Research, the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a Wildlife Biologist.

Ms Othman and Dr Perez will join the other Executive Board members, including;

  • Peter Semone, Chair, PATA;
  • Benjamin Liao, Vice Chair, PATA and Chairman, Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei, Singapore;
  • Suman Pandey, Secretary/Treasurer PATA and President Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure, Nepal;
  • Tunku Iskandar, Group President, Mitra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia;
  • SanJeet, Managing Director, DDP Publications Private Ltd., India;
  • Luzi Matzig, Chairman, Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand
  • Dr Fanny Vong, President - Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), Macao, China

Non-voting members;

  • Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO, AsiaChina Pte., Ltd.


The new Executive Board members were ratified at the PATA Annual General Meeting held online on June 27, 2023. For more information, please visit the PATA website.

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