Imtiaz Muqbil is one of the longest serving travel-trade journalists in the Asia Pacific. He is currently the Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire.
Imtiaz’s career started in Kuwait with local English-language newspapers Kuwait Times, Arab Times and Daily News. Simultaneously, he did freelance work as a stringer for Middle East Economic Digest, Reuters, Newsweek, McGraw-Hill World News, and PetroMoney Report (a Financial Times newsletter). Imtiaz moved to Bangkok in November 1978, and joined the Bangkok Post. He has covered Asia-Pacific travel & tourism industry full-time for Travel Trade Gazette Asia since 1981. Imtiaz has worked as Thailand Bureau Chief and Chief Correspondent, TTG Asia, PATA Travel News and associated publications. Edited Issues & Trends, the monthly publication of the Strategic Intelligence Centre, PATA. He wrote a weekly column, “Travel Monitor”, in the Bangkok Post. He has covered dozens of travel industry summits, annual general meetings and conferences.
Imtiaz has been awarded the PATA award for “Outstanding Reporting on the travel industry” in 1997 and the PATA Journalism award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in 2005.
Imtiaz is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi and conversant to various levels in Thai and some Arabic.