108 – PTM2023 + PTM Photos + India River Cruising + “Travel for Life” + Hospitality Waste-Free Awards + Dine Around + MICE + New UNESCO Heritage Site

Issue 108, October 10, 2023

New Delhi, India


Digitalization – Innovation – Resilience – Sustainability

PATA Travel Mart 2023

BANGKOK, October 5, 2023 — PATA Travel Mart 2023 (PTM 2023), generously hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has attracted over 1000 delegates from 46 global destinations. The delegate numbers embraced 159 sellers from 92 organisations and 15 destinations, along with 196 buyers from 191 organizations and 38 source markets.The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is also pleased to welcome over 350 local and international students and young tourism professionals. The students from 10 local and international universities are part of the PATA Youth Symposium to be held later today, Thursday, October 5. The Youth Symposium is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, and Amity University Noida.

“The Ministry of Tourism for the Government of India has been one of our most valuable members and active partner for more than 60 years. Based on their commitment and enthusiasm in organizing PATA Travel Mart, we at PATA are excited to facilitate engagement between India and the rest of the world through this event,” said PATA Chair Peter Semone. “Even after a three-year hiatus in-person, PATA Travel Mart continues to provide unparalleled networking and contracting opportunities for our delegates from all over the world.”

7 NY PATA Members Attend PTM2023

Joebert Opulencia, Chair; Elizabeth Chin, Executive Director; Boris Miketic, board member; Eric McFerran, member; Chandan Sen, member; Pawan Kamra, member and Kairali exhibitor; Sophia Facey, member.

River Cruises in India


PATA and India Collaborate to Expand

”Travel for Life” Initiative Across Asia Pacific

This partnership gains significance in light of the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration 2023, made during the G20 summit under India’s Presidency, which recognized the launch of “Travel for LiFE” and expressed support for the development of responsible and sustainable smart destinations. “Travel for LiFE,” initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, aligns seamlessly with the philosophy of the Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), which was formally launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on October 19, 2022.Mission LiFE, a global mass movement led by India, urges individuals and communities worldwide to take action for environmental protection against the impacts of climate change.To enhance engagement with PATA on “Travel for LiFE” and other tourism-related areas of cooperation, the Ministry of Tourism will establish a dedicated PATA desk. This collaboration marks a significant milestone as the first major international partnership for the “Travel for LiFE” program, following its global launch on September 27, 2023, World Tourism Day. The Ministry of Tourism is already collaborating with UNEP and UNWTO to strengthen the Travel for LiFE program.


Congratulations to the two waste-free championship winners: Sivatel Bangkok Hotel & Anantara Layan Phuket Resort!They were selected as the winner because of their outstanding commitments and practical measurable and scalable approach to tackling the pressing issue of food and plastic waste.
Started out with 100,000 kg of food waste in 2017, Sivatel has been able to reduce the amount to 56,000kg in one year in 2018. Following the initial success, the hotel continued to improve and advance their food waste reduction initiatives which now include a circular economy with organic chicken farm, in-house graden fertiliser, and BSF feed grown with food waste.
Anantara set up a green department with each department involved to tackle the plastic waste issue from all corners within the property. A series of constant changes include from plastic keycards to wrist keycards, replacing bottled water to canned water with recycle bin directly available in guest rooms, laundry bags to baskets, changing all signages to QRCodes and Apps, and more.If you are interested in learning more about their amazing initiatives: https://www.pata.org/waste-free-champion-awards-2023

Dine Around – Oktoberfest

The time has come to raise a beer stein and say “prost” to Oktoberfest in NYC!Pull on your lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest NYC 2023 with great brews, bratwurst, good company, dancing, and live music.The Bavarian celebration’s events are among the best in town in September and October, featuring waves of beer and oodles of delicious food.

Meeting and Event Planners

ITS2023 – Thursday, October 26th

Javits Convention Center

Conference: Click here for Conference Sessions that have been developed by PCMA, IAEE, and Destinations International with additional support of MPI Chapters to focus on: emerging issues and new solutions; the latest meetings and event trends.NY PATA Booth 646

“Focus on Asia Pacific” Conference

Friday, October 27, 2023 at Noon – 12:50pm

Latest Trends in Asia PacificStrong travel demand for sustainable tourism and remarkable destinations” Presented by Pacific Asia Travel Association (NY PATA),Speakers: Elizabeth Chin, ECI Travelworld; Boris Miketic, Boris World of Travel; Kevin Hichour, Holidays with Downtown

New UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu’er, southwest China, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 17 September 2023, making it China’s 57th World Heritage site.The Ancient Tea Plantations of Jingmai Mountain is a special cultural landscape with the thousand-years-old domesticated-cultivated ancient tea plantations as the core, including elements such as forest ecosystem closely related to the growth of ancient tea trees, native ethnic villages, and rich folk cultures.
The landscape well integrates vast tea plantations, ancient villages, and diverse ethnic cultures. It’s considered a typical example of harmonious coexistence between humans and nature, which also shows local people’s wisdom to know, respect and make use of nature.
These mountains form part of the ancient Tea Horse Route, which brought China’s famous Pu’er tea to the rest of the world. The tea-cultivating communities that live on these mountains can be traced back to the 10th century and are deeply connected with nature and tradition.Tea as one of the three major beverages of the world is an important agricultural heritage with outstanding universal value.The Ancient Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain

The Ancient Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain

Hangzhou Asian Games

With over 5,000 matches, the #Hangzhou #AsianGames witnessed 15 world records, 37 Asian records, and 170 Asian Games records. Big salute to all Asian athletes!

Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
PATA New York
Pacific Asia Travel Assn (PATA)
Editor, NY PATA NewsEmail: newyorkpata@gmail.com

PATA New York Chapter is a not-for-profit membership-based association that is dedicated to facilitate meaningful partnerships to enhance the value, quality and sustainable growth of travel and tourism to and from countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond .
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), founded in 1951, is the recognized authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. In 1953, PATA’s headquarters were moved from Hawaii to San Francisco. 1961 saw the establishment of the first PATA Chapters in New Zealand and Hong Kong. NY PATA was founded in 1962. The end of the decade – 1998 – saw PATA relocated its head office from San Francisco to Bangkok to be in the heart of its membership region.The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research, and innovative events to its member organizations, which including government, state and city tourism bodies; international airlines and airports; hospitality organizations, and educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world.