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 June 10, 2013
James Mabey Awarded By PATA - Face of the Future 2013

 Marco Polo Hotels has announced that James Mabey, Senior Director of Development of Marco Polo Hotels has recently received the most prestigious honour for young tourism professionals in Asia Pacific - the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Face of the Future 2013 award. The award was presented on April 25 in Bangkok on the eve of the PATA Annual Summit in Bangkok.

At Marco Polo Hotels, James is responsible for the company's growth and development across the Asia Pacific region. A native of the US, James holds a MBA in Hospitality and Tourism, and is completing a Doctorate in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has over a decade of business consulting and real-estate development experience in the region, and was previously Director of Development for Jumeirah Private Island, Phuket. He also served as Economic and Tourism Development Advisor to the Thailand Ministry of the Interior and Phuket Governor's Office from 2005 to 2011.

Marco Polo Hotels is now expanding in the region and it is well recognized as one of Asia's leading hotel brands. Its portfolio of hotels will increase to 24 in the next 3 years, including owning and operating exceptional hotels in Mainland China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand. As a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Marco Polo is also able to deliver great value and a memorable experience across the world.

Mr Mabey said: "I am honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award. Having spent almost half of my life in Asia-Pacific and worked in more than a dozen countries, I have seen, first hand, the benefits that responsible tourism development can bring to communities. I have long admired PATA's steadfast commitment to building responsible development in the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. I am delighted to have this opportunity to be a part of PATA's long tradition of excellence."