Mr Hardy is currently the Chief Operations Officer of PATA, a position he has held since January 15th of this year. He was approved to succeed Martin Craigs as the CEO by the PATA Executive Board at the last Executive Board Meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September 2014.
Australias Melbourne Airport, Qantas Airways, Airports Council International (ACI), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement to work together to develop a Smart Security pilot program for delivery at Melbourne Airport in 2015.
A landmark study of the value of cruising has revealed that cruise passengers spend an average of $371 a day in Australian ports, helping push the cruise industrys total economic contribution in Australia to an impressive $3.2 billion last year.
Air Canada and Air China Limited announced that the airlines have concluded a memorandum of understanding setting out the main principles for a comprehensive revenue sharing joint venture providing for an enhanced partnership on routes between Canada and China which will stimulate traffic growth between the two countries.
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has welcomed the announcement of the China Free Trade Agreement, saying that Australias hotel and tourism sector could be a major benefactor from the closer ties.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) identified continuous safety enhancement, the availability of cost-efficient infrastructure and environmental responsibility as critical factors to ensure that Asia-Pacific continues to realize the enormous economic and social benefits of air connectivity.