The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is an organization born out of a union of the national associations of outbound travel agencies and inbound tour operators in 1979. It was founded to foster unity in the travel industry and to promote the welfare of its members and the traveling public. PTAA is a strong force that plays a vital role both in the national and international scenes.
PTAA with more than 500 members, is the most prestigious Association in the country widely recognized by international airlines, hotels, resorts, insurance, and cruise companies, works closely with government agencies, namely the Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Promotion Board, Bureau of Immigration, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, National Census and Statistics Office and various embassies and consulates.
The set-up of the whole organization includes the General Membership, the Board of Trustees, committees and the Secretariat.
The General Membership is composed of Regular, Allied, Associate, Affiliate and Allied International members admitted to the membership by the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of the Association and is composed of Eleven (11) trustees, duly elected by the regular members of the Association during Elections held within any working day in November. The immediate Past President sits on the board as an ex-officio member but without the right to vote. The Board meets regularly every 1st Thursday of the month.
The Board of Trustees has ten (10) working committees grouped under the Office of the President, the Executive Vice President, the Vice President for Outbound and Vice President for Inbound. These groups and committees are so organized to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs.
On the other hand, the Secretariat, which was institutionalized in 1985, is considered the nerve center of all association affairs. It is the administrative, information and service center of the whole association.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mr. Jhaytee Wong is 32 years old, married with 2 daughters.
He Graduated BS HRIM Major in Travel Tourism at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde in the year 2007 and has been working in the travel industry for more than 10 years. His company MTTS TRAVEL SERVICES was established since 2009, and he was a part time assistant manager since 2005-2009 of their family’s travel agency.
He also took Travel Management and Operations Course at Canadian Tourism Hospitality Institute last 2014 and passed the basic reservation of Abacus and Amadeus. He was the Chairman of Embassy Committee under the Outbound Committee of the PTAA from 2014-2016 and who arranged various embassy forum and visa updates during his tenure. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Sports and Fellowship Committee.
"I am young and still have a lot of room to grow, let me be your ears and voice for the industry, let me be the new blood that you are looking for. New and modern ideas, unorthodox approach on dealing with industry concerns and matters. If duly elected I tend to lead changes that we all wanted, to be ear of those who are unheard, to lead on how we can help one another against the challenges that our industry is facing, start the real unity and cooperation among suppliers, wholesalers, pioneers, newcomers and every industry partners to protect, save and sustain each of our companies towards the increase of demand in our industry."
Ms. Dolly Santos is the President and owner of Golden Sky Travel and Tours Corp. located at 225 - 226 Manila Executive Regency Bldg. Jorge Bocobo St. Ermita, Manila. She has many reputable affiliations in the industry such as PTAA, SKAL, IATA, PHILTOA and the Department of Tourism.
She was born in Manila on September 11, 1956. She graduated with double majors in business and accountancy in Philippine College of Commerce. While receiving her education, she has worked under the tutelage of the best boss in Pan Pacific Travel and Tours' Mr. Albert Fu and Mr. Robert Dee.
She has moved on to build her own company with Golden Sky Travel and Tours after learning so much about the travel industry. She shares her many talents and knowledge with incoming interns who applies in our company. She has always believed to help people in their quest for knowledge and in making positive synergy with people with the same like-mindedness and she will continue to do so in the next decade to come with unrelenting passion and persistence that she has managed with her company for what it is today after 20 years.
When he was the president of PTAA from 2004 to 2005, Ragaza was responsible for introducing reforms to make PTAA truly representative of the travel industry in both national and international arena. Among his leadership's accomplishments were being principally responsible in the Senate committee hearing of the Tourism Act of 2010 for inclusion of a representative from the Travel and Tour sector in the Tourism Promotions Board; successfully encouraging active participation among other countries' travel associations during his term as president of the Federation of Asean Travel Association and board member of the Asean Tourism Association; presenting the bid of the Philippines' hosting of UFTAA Congress in 2008 which resulted in the congress being held again in the Philippines after more than 20 yearsl; representing PTAA in congressional hearings on tourism congress and passporting issues; and many more.