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PATAscope
Fall 2002

1951-2002 "Culture & Tourism: From Heritage to Legacy

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PATA MISSION STATEMENT

The Pacific Asia Travel Association's (PATA) mission is to enhance the growth, value and quality of Pacific Asia travel and tourism for the benefit of PATA's membership. PATA members include: travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, and other sales and media organizations.

For more information on joining SoCal PATA, please go to our website at www.socalpata.org and contact our Membership Development Department at scapata4@gte.net.

CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

Welcome to our Fall 2002 enhanced electronic version of your award-winning PATASCOPE. As we continue to move forward from the post 9-11 economic fallout from the horrific events of last September, a singular theme as become more evident than ever…that our unique industry, that we all love, remains RESILIANT and will survive!

Many of us, to this aim, have had to adjust our market focus and priorities, in proving the old adage that "where there's a will … there's a way"!

While the future is cautiously optimistic we must continue to work in harmony and your Chapter continues to move in this direction. I urge you to stay connected and involved. Please feel free to communicate with me, and any of your hard-working Board Members, with constructive suggestions on making our chapter even stronger. I especially draw your attention to our Out-of-Country section where several fine Educational Fam trips are being offered including an outstanding Mega PATA Discovery Tour to Malaysia in December for only $299!

In the meantime, I wish to thank the agents and the following list of suppliers, and their representatives, who participated in our recent Annual General Meeting, August 07, at the Luxe Summit Hotel, Bel Air. (See related photos on www.socalpata.org/archive.html)

Aberdeen Tours, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, C & H International, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Indonesian Consulate General, Korea National Tourism Organization, Macau Government Tourist Office, Pacific Delight Tours, Pleasant Holidays, Singapore Airlines, Tahiti Tourism, Tourism Bureau of the Republic of China, Uniworld.

Sincerely,
Steve Alexis
mrasiana@yahoo.com


PATA PEOPLE

Pamela Ryan has been appointed Director of sales, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and can be reached at pryan310@aol.com

Heinz Niederhoff, previously President, Maupintour, is now Vice President, Product Development with Uniworld, hniederhoff@uniworld.com

Barbara Bryant, longtime fixture at HKTA, Los Angeles, is now Managing Partner of Bryant & Triptree, Ltd., representing the Hong Kong Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts, USA, and can be reached at barbarabryant@earthlink.net

Joan Marso with Integrated Travel Resources representing Vatulele Island Resort and Castaway Island Resort, has added the Outrigger Fiji to her lineup of top end Fiji properties. jmarso@itr-aps.com

Leslie Detter has been appointed Director, Chapter Relations & Sustainable Tourism, PATA, based in the Oakland office, Americas@pata.org, which has changed suite number (only) to #550. leslie@pata.org

Following 12 years as PATA Director, Latin America & Chapters Western USA, Gabriel Ortiz, has left due to downsizing. Sincere best wishes Gabe.

PATA Headquarters, Thailand, movements include:

Lyn Hikida has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. lyn@pata.th.com

Peter A. Semone appointed Vice President for Development. peter@pata.org

And industry veteran Ian Kennedy is the new PATA representative in Australia. jken@pata.org.au


SOCAL CHAPTER PROGRAM DATES 2002

SEP 17 - "See You in Pacific Asia" www.seeyouinpacificasia.com
2003 Campaign Planning Meeting - LA Times Building. All PATA members invited. Must advance RSVP to bill@pata.org
OCT 24 - ASIA UPDATE Breakfast Seminar - FOC!
NOV 21 - PACIFIC ISLANDS Dinner Program
DEC 12 - OLD WORLD HOLIDAY CHEER - Silent Auction prizes galore!

Watch for further details tba on these informative and entertaining programs.


PATA EVENTS CALENDAR 2002/2003

OCT 24 - NOV 3// PATA AMERICAS Meeting, aboard NCL Norwegian Sky, Eastern Caribbean. Contact - www.pata.org or e-mail Americas@pata.org
plus FOC Post-Meeting fam, MIAMI & THE BEACHES; simonePATA@aol.com

OCT 23 - 26, 2002// PATA Sustainable Tourism Conference & Mart, Banten, Indonesia
www.pata.org/events/ewelcome.cfm?ebid=33

DEC 3-12**MEGA PATA DISCOVERY TOUR to Malaysia**
See Chapter Out-of-Country section

APR 13-17, 2003// 52nd PATA Annual Conference, Bali, Indonesia, www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid+2&ebid=38

OCT 1-3, 2003// 26th PATA Travel Mart, Suntec, Singapore
www.pata.org.frame.cfm?pageid=2&ebid=37


USEFUL PATANET QUICK LINKS

Destination Links - www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=3
PATA-member airline - www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=4
PATA press releases - www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=12
Order PATA publications - www.pata.org/frame3.cfm?pageid=6
Post a job opening or find a position - www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=7
Special tour offers - www.seeyouinpacificasia.com


NEW & NOTES
  • Nearly 500 agents have signed on to become a PATA Specialist in this new consumer access program with a annual fee of only $100. For more information request a "Ride the Wave of Pacific Asia Travel" brochure from bill@pata.org
  • Tahiti Tourisme North America 2002 Fall Workshop, NOV 14 - The Grand Hotel, Long Beach 8-12 FOC Register at http://www.GoToTahiti.com/workshop/
  • New Website for tourism professionals - www.world-tourism.org
  • New Executive Director at JNTO, Los Angeles - a warm welcome to Mr. Naoaki Amaya.
  • New Airport Shuttle Service at Narita - new door-to-door economic service offered with 9-passenger van "Jet Harmony Narita" for details contact JNTO at (213) 623-1952.

OUT OF COUNTRY PROGRAMS
(operated jointly with our sister PATA chapters of Orange County & San Diego and compiled by Jim Ferguson, Out-Of-Country Chairman.)

SEP 21-OCT 03: POHNPEI & KOSRAE Dive Fam *Only $150 all inclusive
(must be Certified Diver.) Contact ASAP - JfergusoninLA@aol.com

SEP 24-OCT 11: INDIA In-depth *FOC (from JFK) Application - from V.P. Krishna, Information Officer, India Government Tourist Office at tio@itonyc.com

OCT 20-NOV 05: SRI LANKA & MALDIVES deluxe $1145 (from JFK) Contact - Debbie@culturalvacations.com

NOV 03-10: PERU Deluxe $1099 (companions welcomed at $1649) Contact - JfergusoninLA@aol.com

DEC 03-12: MALAYSIA/BORNEO PATA DISCOVERY MEGA FAM *Only $299 Contact - JfergusoninLA@aol.com


And finally ... FYI

CURRENT PATA OFFICERS

Chairman -Bo W. Long, Sea Cloud Cruises
President & CEO - Peter de Jong
Secretary - Ram Kohli, Creative Travel
Chairman-Elect - Richard J. Gordon, Secretary of Tourism, Philippines

PATA MEMBER DESTINATIONS

Australia , Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia , Canada, China (PRC), Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, DPR Korea, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (ROK), Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico , Micronesia (FSM) , Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Marianas, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Thailand, Tonga, USA, Vietnam