Rick Antonson is vice chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) based in Bangkok, Thailand, and is vice president of Pacific Coast Public Television. He is also a former board chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) based in Washington, D.C., and served as an Ambassador for the 2010 Olympic Winter & Paralympic Games held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
Such volunteer roles are anchored around Rick’s responsibilities as President, CEO of Tourism Vancouver, a 1,000 member organization whose vision is to be a global leader in destination marketing, sales, management, and visitor experiences.
Rick is author of the acclaimed book To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa, and the newly released Route 66 Still Kicks; Driving America’s Main Street. He travels extensively around the world for business, speaking engagements and on personal journeys, including an expedition to the summit of Mt. Ararat. He is a firm believer that tourism is a vital force for peace.
Vancouver, BC, Canada