In 1951 a small group of travel industry executives met in Hawaii and conceived an organization to promote and market travel to the exciting destinations bordering the Pacific Ocean. In 1953 PATA's headquarter was moved from Hawaii to San Francisco. In 1998, PATA relocated its headquarters from San Francisco to Bangkok to be in the heart of its membership region. Since then, PATA has grown to include memberships based in more than 90 destinations worldwide from both regional and national governments as well as by most of the airlines, cruise lines, hotel companies, and tour operators that serve the Asia Pacific region and beyond. PATA has official offices or representation in Beijing and London.

PATA New York Chapter is dedicated to facilitate meaningful partnerships to enhance the value, quality and sustainable growth of travel and tourism to and from countries in APAC, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Executive Board Members

Kelli Ann Mills


After attending school for travel and tourism and then with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, I am excited to apply my knowledge and skills to support and promote the goals of NY PATA.

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Irene Sino


I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, being the founder of Panorama Travel - one of the most reputable and reliable tour operators in the US located in NYC.

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Julian Banegas


I started my Journey in the Travel Industry in 1985 with Pan American World Airways and gained experience in tour operations, wholesale, and corporate travel.

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Pradip Shrestha


Pradip Shrestha is a seasoned professional with a rich background in the travel and tourism industry. Currently serving as the Honorary Public Relations Representative (HPRR) for the Nepal Tourism Board in New York since 2016

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Boris Miketic


Boris Miketic is the recipient of the presidential medal, ”The Order of Croatian Weaver” presented to him by the first president of Croatia, Dr. Franjo Tudjman, for his efforts in promoting Croatia as a tourist destination.

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John C. Graham

Board Member

I started my travel media career in 1989 with OAG Travel Magazines. At Travel Agent magazine I helped create the Cruise/Tour Expo shows in 1995.

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Iris Salazar

Board Member

With more than 38 years of experience in various fields and an intrepid traveler to more than 72 countries and counting.

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William Gardiner

Board Member

Bill Gardiner is a Forty-Nine year veteran of the travel industry. He has worked in all aspects of the industry during his career.

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Elizabeth Chin

Executive Director

Elizabeth Chin is recognized for her business expertise, and ambassador of travel and tourism. Recently, Elizabeth was honored with a prestigious award from PATA New York Chapter for her exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication. ...

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Akbal Setia

Honorary Board Member

Akbal Setia has more than 20 years’ experience in tourism development and promotion. He directly involves and speaks on tourism research, worldwide branding, destination marketing, communication, networking, advertising and entrepreneurship.

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PATA New York Chapter

29 WEST 46th STREET, 3/FLR
New York, NY 10036