Capilano University’s director, international, elected chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association

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NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Chris Bottrill, Capilano University’s director, international, became chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on May 17, 2018. He was elected to the position at PATA’s annual summit and board meetings in Gangneung, Korea. Bottrill is the second educator to become chair in the 67-year history of the travel association.

“I am deeply honoured to be elected to the role of chair of PATA,” says Bottrill. “As a body representing governments, industry and education, PATA is poised to play an ever-increasing role in helping build prosperity through tourism while caring for the environment, maintaining cultural diversity and observing the rights of all individuals in the fastest region of tourism growth on our planet.”

At Capilano University, Bottrill provides strategic and operational leadership for international education and the Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience. As well, Bottrill is serving as the University’s acting dean for the Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts. Bottrill led the School of Tourism Management for 12 of his 20 years at CapU. He’s been dean of three faculties, a divisional chair and a faculty member in three departments.

Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit association internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to 95 governments and several hundred tourism organizations across Asia Pacific and beyond.

About Capilano University  
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,000 students each year and offers 101 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Cheryl Rossi  
Senior Communications Officer  
Capilano University  
t: 604 983 7596  
c: 778 879 7119  
e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca

Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi


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