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
Philippine Travel Agencies Association President Marlene Dado Jante has been a member of its board of trustees for the past 11 years.
Before assuming the presidency of the PTAA, Jante was its Secretary General in 2011 and part of the Travel Tour Expo Organizing Committee since 2006.
Jante credits the past four PTAA presidents who she had the pleasure of working with as her mentors.
Jante, who once served in the military, has more than two decades of experience in the travel and tourism industry, starting with her company Queenspoint Travel & Tours Corp.
Chiong has been in the travel and tourism industry for 40 years. She joined Philippine Airlines in 1974 as Chinese interpreter then as airport station supervisor, and later as manager for China, Hongkong and Singapore. She retired from PAL Express in 2009 as senior vice president for administration. She is past president of Skal Manila and presently International Counsellor for Skal Philippines affiliated with Skal International, a global organization of travel and tourism professionals. She has successfully won the bid for Manila to host the Skal Asian Congress in 2015. She is the district secretary for Rotary International district 3830 and president of the Zonta Club of Fort Bonifacio. She hails from Jolo, Sulu and completed her studies at Notre Dame of Jolo College and Ateneo de Manila University.
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.
CerdeÃ±a is the founding president and past chairman of Pampanga Agents Travel Society (PATS). He graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has had extensive experience in travel agency, hotel, and airline operations. He was also a lecturer at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City.
Teng was in the financial security and insurance business before she made the big career shift to the more exciting travel industry. She has not looked back since. At present, she is the president and COO of YOYO Holidays Travel Services, Inc., as well as the general manager and owner of Book n Go Travel & Tours. She is married to Miguel Go Teng, with whom she has four children, Grizelda, Winrock, Kerwin and Lysander.
He came to the travel industry by way of the Youth and Student Travel Association of the Philippines (YSTAPHIL) as a student guide in 1975. From then on, he consistently climbed the ladder of success. In 2011, he incorporated Great Sights Travel and Tours Corp. Teaching is also his passion as he headed the Tourism department of the Canadian Tourism and Hospitality Institute, and taught at the Philippine Women's University. He has written and published the books "Travel Agency and Tour Operations in the Philippines" and "Philippine Tourist Destinations." Among the organizations he has been active in are the Foundation for Accelerated Studies in Travel (FAST); Philippine Tour Operators' Association (PhilTOA); Airline Employees Cooperative (AEC), and of course PTAA which he has served in different official capacities.
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."
Buenaventura is a graduate of St. Paul College-QC with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She also took up Law at the University of Santo Tomas. Her firm Manejkom Travel and Tours is the top travel agency in Bulacan.
She is one of the founders of Bulacan Association of Travel Agencies (BATA) of which she was president from 2006 up to 2008 and 2012. She is an active member of the Philippine Association of Travel Agencies, the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and People Management Association of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter. She is wife to Allan Buenaventura, and mother to Nicole Kristel, Mark Abrahm and John Matthew.
CaseÃ±as is the general manager of Baclayon Travel and Tours, which is based in Bohol. A holder of an Economics degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, she also took up a travel agency management course at Asia Pacific Tourism Training Institute in Quezon City in 1997. CaseÃ±as says Bohol has fabulous packages to offer visiting tourists, as the island province continues to rise from the ashes after it was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2013. She is married to Hermes with whom she has two children, Bianca and Buddy.
A proactive and dynamic person, Lumauag's people skills and her ability to lead make her perfect for the travel industry. She has always been involved in various civic organizations both in the metro and in her beloved province of Palawan. An Accounting degree holder from De La Salle University-Manila, she is also active in JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock Jaycees, Association of Accredited Accommodation of Puerto Princesa (AATAPP). Restaurateur Association of Puerto Princesa among others.
Mr. Ramil De Mesa is currently the Managing Director of Seasons Travel & Tours, a prestigious travel agency that caters to blue chip corporate accounts since 1996 and also the president of Prosource Corporation. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering (BSCoE).
Mr. De Mesa is a Past President of Rotary Club Paranaque East and is the current Assistant Governor of Rotary International, District 3830.
He ascribes his success to his wife Marilyn Omallao-De Mesa, the general manager of Seasons Travel, and to his three children, Hannah, Ram Jacob, and Kassandra.