DHAKA – MAY 22, 2018 – Shahid Hamid FIH, Executive Director of Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, has been elected as an Executive Board Member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Worldwide during the PATA Annual Summit held this week in Gangwon-do, South Korea. This is the first time in its history of 67 years that PATA has elected a Bangladeshi citizen to serve on its Executive Board, a policy-making body comprising of only twelve members from the 95 national tourism organizations affiliated with the Association. Hamid, who is a veteran of 40 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, has been serving as the Chairman of PATA Bangladesh Chapter since 2014, a responsibility he will continue to fulfill in addition to his new appointment.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), which itself operates a total of 55 chapters around the globe with thousands of travel professionals as its members, is an internationally acclaimed not-for-profit association that primarily focuses on promoting the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. Comprising of 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organizations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond, the Association prides itself for providing its member organizations uniform support, discerning trainings, and inventive developmental engagements.
Each year, only a handful of nominees are elected onto the Executive Board while the Chairperson, Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer positions are filled by succession. Elected Executive Board Members are expected to serve their seats a minimum of 02 years per term. This year, only 04 Executive Board Members were elected, among which Hamid was one. Upon receiving the honor, Hamid’s response has been contemplative.
“No doubt, this is a crucial assignment,” said Hamid. “I have to now think in broader terms than just benefiting the hospitality and tourism industry of Bangladesh, I have to act on behalf of Asia Pacific. However, at the same time, I feel the weight of being a representative of my home nation. Being the first Bangladeshi to be elected onto the Board is a great honor and I wish to do my utmost to be a source of pride for my country.”
Hamid also reflected on how well it bodes for Bangladesh’s tourism and economy itself that Bangladeshis are now in the running to hold such dignified posts in global organizations. Hamid, who just completed his fortieth year in the hospitality industry, began his career working with the Pre-Opening Team of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka. He then went on to serve Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts for 19 years, being assigned to strategic roles in Gold Coast-Australia, Vancouver-Canada, Jakarta-Indonesia, and Singapore. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to be affiliated with most notable travel-based associations, including Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) – USA, SKAL International Bangladesh, Bangladesh International Hotels Association (BIHA), and International Hotel Association of Bangladesh (INHAB) to name a few.
In 2005, he was awarded “The Best Hotelier” of the Year by the Bangladesh Hotel & Guest House Owners Association while, in 2016, he was recognized and awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his outstanding contributions to the Bangladesh hospitality industry during the Silver Jubilee of The Bangladesh Monitor, which organizes the leading hospitality, travel, and tourism award program in the country. He has been recognized as “Fellow” of the Institute of Hospitality, UK (FIH) since 2011, and since its inception, Hamid has also been serving as the Chief Advisor to Regency Hospitality Training Institute (RHTi), the first ever vocational foundation in Bangladesh to be affiliated with American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLEI), Institute of Hospitality (IoH), UK, and Centre of City & Guilds, UK. Hamid also holds an Honors Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Dhaka University, as well as Diploma Degrees on Sales & Marketing and General Manager’s Program in Hotel Management from Cornell University in New York, U.S.A.