115: NY PATA Holiday Party + Bangladesh Tunnel + Croatia + Longji Rice Terraces + UNWTO Best Tourism Village + Veteran’s Day

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Issue 115, November 7, 2023
New York, NY
December 5th STD changed to the 12th
NY PATA Holiday Party 12/12/2023
Holiday Cheer! Wine and ProseccoAppetizersBanquet DinnerItalian Specialty CookiesSecret Santa GiftsDoor Prizes +++ Save the DateTuesday, December 12, 20235:30 pm to 8:30 pm House of Joy28 Pell StreetNew York, NY 10013
 $65 per person
RSVP: newyorkpata@gmail.com
Link to RSVP available soon


South Asia’s First Under-River Tunnel

As South Asia’s first under-river tunnel, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel in Bangladesh opened to traffic on October 28, 2023. It took 6 years to build the tunnel. The 9.3-km tunnel has a shield section of 2.45 km long, 11.8 m wide, and has 4 lanes with a design speed of 80 km/h.The Bangabandhu tunnel under the Karnaphuli River connects two major towns on opposite banks and will significantly reduce travel time to Cox’s Bazar and Chattogram Hill Tracts.A Chinese company was selected to construct it for the government of Bangladesh. The tunnel segments were produced in Zhenjiang, China. Over 17,000 vehicles will be able to use this tunnel daily. It is expected to improve the DhakaChittagongCox’s Bazar highway network. There are immense benefits to be reaped from the enhanced economic activities and boost to tourism over time.

Zadar, Croatia

The Zadar Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ)organized a tourism and gastronomy presentation on Tuesday, October 24th in New York City at Delmonico’s restaurant in Manhattan. The restaurant is among the most renowned hospitality institutions in the US with a tradition dating back to the 1830s. The aim was to present Zadar as a particularly valuable and unique Mediterranean destination to American travel agencies and journalists. Alongside Mayor Branko Dukić and Director of the Zadar Tourist Board, Mario Paleka, the Croatian side of the presentation included Kristjan Staničić, the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, as well as Pjer Šimonović, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the US, and Nikica Kopačević, the Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in New York.Zadar is proud of its Dalmatian heritage, visible in every aspect of their culture, including the local cuisine. Based on simple principles of food preparation, Dalmatian cuisine is considered to be among the healthiest in the world. The locals can thank their vitality to light, predominantly cooked or grilled fish meals accompanied by the fresh seasonal vegetables with small amounts of spices and with a touch of inevitable olive oil. Every such meal is concluded by the glass of quality wine from the rich local vineyards.

Longji Rice Terraces

Explore One of the Most Remarkable

Rice Terraces in Asia

The terraced fields of Longji offer some of the most spectacular scenery in China and offer a wealth of opportunities to hike throughout the rice terraces and interact with local ethnic people.
Access of these rice terrace fields is difficult and this makes them more mysterious and gives the chance to explore the deep buried traditions, understand the roots of the culture, and spend some beautiful moments with the local communities. The hike around the terraces is not that long, but hiking up and down the stone steep steps is not that easy, and you should consider your level of fitness.

UNWTO Best Tourism Village

Dazhai Village Guangxi

Chosen for its ability to preserve and promote rural and community-based values, products and lifestyle and their clear commitment to innovation and sustainability in the economic, social, and environmental aspects.

Dazhai village has a history which dates back more than 2,300 years. Located in the high and cold mountainous area in northern Guangxi, with sublime mountains, streams, and a forest coverage of 75.6%, it has rich tourism resources, in particular the Longji Terraces, the “Globally Important Agricultural Cultural Heritage” System.It integrates the development of “agriculture and tourism” to promote the protection of terrace cultural heritage and agricultural production by providing cable-car sightseeing of terraces, traditional farming, wetland science education, research, and other experience programs.
The agricultural heritage of Dazhai terraces is representative of the thousand-year farming culture of ethnic groups. It adopts the most traditional agricultural production methods, which attracts many tourists every year to watch and experience farming cultural activities such as ploughing, harvesting and rice drying.The village works to improve the tourism quality by adhering to the culture-based and technology-promoted green-tourism idea. A variety of Red Yao ethnic cultural experience activities are provided, such as wooden building accommodation, and Red Yao embroidery dances to name but some. The village is also promoting festivals such as the “Sun Clothes Festival”.
Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
Immediate Past Chair (2016-2022)
PATA New York

PATA New York Chapter, founded in 1962, 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 APAC, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. 

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) founded in 1951 is the recognized authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. 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.