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.
more information on joining SoCal PATA, please go to our
website at www.socalpata.org
and contact our Membership Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to our Spring 2003 electronic version of your award-winning PATASCOPE.
As we continue to move forward, a singular theme has 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 Events Calendar section
where an outstanding Mega PATA Discovery Tour to Bali in late February
and Bali Educational familiarization tour in conjunction with the Annual
PATA Conference in April. And, the exciting News&Notes item on the
establishment by PATA of a membership category for young tourism professionals
(YTPs) under 35 years old.
I remain committed to our industry,
where I also serve as President of the Los Angeles Airline Managers Association
and Vice President-elect of SKAL International Los Angeles. Involve yourself
… I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming SoCal PATA meeting.
Ryan has been appointed Director of sales, Bora Bora
Lagoon Resort and can be reached at email@example.com
previously President, Maupintour, is now Vice President, Product Development
with Uniworld, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Peter A. Semone
appointed Vice President for Development. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Kennedy is
the new PATA representative in Australia. email@example.com
PATA Americas Division:
With the departure of Bill
Hastings, Managing Director, Picolla International will be managing the
Americas Division on an interim basis while an executive search replacement
is underway. Contact Jerry Picolla firstname.lastname@example.org
and John Semone at email@example.com.
The Oakland Americas office contact information remains unchanged. Bill
may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
SimonePATA@aol.com is serving
as Manager Chapters, USA & Canada.
PATA Europe Division:
PATA has relocated their European
office from Monaco to Frankfurt for a more central operation with proximity
to its key members and markets and has appointed Ms. Marion Buttler,
email@example.com as Managing
Director-Europe. Fax: (49) 6101-580181.
PROGRAM DATES 2003
MAR 17 – "See You in Pacific Asia" PATA Specialist
Agents Program Update. Go to www.seeyouinpacificasia.com
APR 24 – ASIA UPDATE & CONFERENCE REPORT Breakfast
MAY 15 – PACIFIC ISLANDS Dinner Program
Watch for further details tba
on these informative and entertaining programs.
**MEGA PATA DISCOVERY TOUR to Malaysia - $299**
Contact Klaus Billep at SoCal PATA office asap (310) 458-3553
**BALI DISCOVERY PACKAGE TOUR - $575**
In conjunction with first two days of the PATA Annual Conference.
Contact SoCal PATA office prior to March 1st deadline to register.
52nd PATA Annual Conference, Bali, Indonesia
26th PATA Travel Mart, Suntec, Singapore
Destination Links - www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=3
PATA-member airlines - 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
- Become a PATA Specialist
in this new consumer access program by requesting a “Ride the
Wave of Pacific Asia Travel” brochure from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tourism professionals under
35 years of age can now join PATA as a Young Tourism Professional
(YTP) for a modest membership fee of $25 from which you can
benefit from numerous PATA member benefits including delegate registration
for the PATA Annual Conference in Bali, April 13-17, for only $99.Contact
Aaron Tan, PATA Membership Development, at email@example.com
or the SoCal PATA office firstname.lastname@example.org
for a YTP Membership application form.
- PATA’s “See
You in Pacific Asia 2003” supplement will be featured
in six publications this year, including National Geographic Traveler,
Travel Holiday, Islands, Saveur, Travel
Weekly, Travel Agent, in addition to USA Today,
Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington
Times. For complete advertising information contact Paul
Cohen @(410) 224-7688 or email@example.com
- PATA merchandise
available includes a sports watch and polo shirt for $30 and $20 respectively.
Available in various sizes. For more information and to order, contact
- The Korea National
Tourism Organization announced that 2002 yielded a record number
of visitors for the nation at 5.3m foreign visitors marking a 4% growth
over the previous year. US visitors totaled nearly half a million, an
increase of almost 8% over the previous year. Contact KNTO at (800)
- Fiji, Hong Kong,
Vietnam also reported 2002 visitor arrival increases from the
USA - Fiji 17%, Hong Kong SAR 25% and Vietnam showed an increase of
- India Tourism
reports that celebrated music composer Mr. A. R. Rehman will be bringing
his “Unity of Light” concerts to Los Angeles and New York
later this year. This “Hollywood type” production featuring
95 artists of music and dance will have special lighting and huge projection
screens. India Tourism Office, Los Angeles firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Kahala Mandarin
Oriental has been recognized as the “Best New Hotel Spa
in America” by Departures magazine. Info at www.mandarinoriental.com
- Ritz Tours,
in Alhambra, is offering an early bird discount of $100 per person on
all its China and Yangtze River and China and Asia travel packages for
bookings made by the end of the month. www.ritztours.com.
- Accor is offering travel
agents AND tour operators “Accor Travel Agents Rates”
at all its hotels under the Sofitel, Novitel and Mercure brands. Special
rates of 25-75% off normal rack rates, with no minimum/maximum stay
required. Contact: Racette_Tom@accor-hotels.com.
- Fairmont Hotels
& Resorts is offering travel agents a complimentary stay
at any Fairmont hotel for bookings of 5 or more consecutive nights at
the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. (formerly the Orchid at Mauna Lani.) www.fairmont.com/travelprofessional.
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
American Samoa, Australia,
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong,
India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Marianas, Malaysia,
Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue,
North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peoples Republic of China,
Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka,
Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Samoa
Indonesian Tourism Promotion Office staffers promote
the upcoming Bali Discovery Chapters Tour, April 7-15, and Annual PATA
Conference in Bali, April 13-17, at the recent Asian Update breakfast