117: Happy Thanksgiving + New Travel Trends + Member News + Wellness + DR “Change the Season” + KCCNY Holiday Concert Invite

Issue 117, November 21, 2023
New York, NY

New Travel Trend

The hotel industry is eagerly anticipating the emergence of Chinese outbound travelers from the pandemic and the changes in their preferences and requirements. According to speakers at the World Travel Market in London, independent travelers who spend more are replacing large travel groups. Cultural immersion, enriched experiences, digital engagement, and off-the-beaten-track destinations are preferred over standard European itineraries. Self-driving vacations are gaining popularity and travelers born post-1990 are dominating the overseas travel segment. Easy digital payment methods remain important, but Chinese travelers are now seeking the most competitive price for the experiences they want rather than the lowest price.

Member News

Eric McFerran

Member NewsWe are thrilled to share with you the latest travel adventures of Eric McFerran, a long-time active member of New York PATA since 1969. Eric, who is still very active with his travel business, Milne Travel Vermont, recently escorted a group to Italy and attended the 2023 PATA Travel Mart in New Delhi. During his travels, he also took some time to explore Porto, Portugal for two days enroute to Malaga and Marbella in Spain. Eric shared some amazing photos of his visit, including colorful tiles, a huge covered market, and delicious oysters. He also enjoyed the beautiful Douro River and tasted some of the best Port wines in the region. We are proud to have Eric as a member of our community and look forward to hearing about his future adventures.


Think of behavioral age as how you decide to play out life. There are people who simply accept their date of birth and abdicate their behavior to that age—and others who do not. Just remember: It’s your choice.Your choices help set the parameters for your life moving forward. In fact, lifestyle choices account for about 75 percent of how we age. For instance, you could choose to work around physical limitations or you can limit your level of activity because of them. You can expand your social network or allow it to shrink. You can make plans to experience new things, or stick with the status quo. In the same way that physical activity boosts your energy levels and lifts your spirits, so do mental and social activities—from going back to school to volunteering or working part time.

Dominican Republic “Change the Season”

This Sunday, November 19, the Dominican Tourism Board will unveil the Dominican Republic Pop-up dome as part of their “Change the Season” winter activations. The island paradise Pop-up experience in Times Square invites you to escape the cold and immerse themselves in the culture, music, and flavors of the Dominican Republic.  Mr. David Collado Morales, Minister of Tourism for the Dominican Republic, will preside over the inauguration, marking the beginning of the six-day celebration open to the public, at no cost and will be open to the public from November 19 to November 24, 2023. 

KCCNY Holiday Concert

In celebration of the 44th anniversary of the opening of the Korean Cultural Center New York, we would like to cordially invite you to a Performance with renowned Pianist William Youn (윤홍천), described by critics as a “genuine poet” for his lyrical touch, and the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, comprised of four Principal musicians from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  As a thank you for your incredible support and partnership over the years, we hope you will join us for this festive evening as our guest. Hosted at The Times Center in the heart of the city, the evening’s festivities will look back, and look forward, to some of the great moments from this year and the next.RSVP Link

Holiday Season in NYC

Final preparations underway for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023
Tom the Turkey is ready to GO!!Thursday, November 23, 2023 in New York City, Thanksgiving Day starting at 8:30am (half hour earlier)
This year, we’re going to see seven new character balloons, including Beagle Scout Snoopy, Blue Cat and Chugs, Po from “Kung Fu Panda,” Netflix’s “Leo,” Monkey D. Luffy, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Uncle Dan from “Migration.”Of course, we all already know the iconic Cher will be in attendance and SO much more.

“Santa’s Winter Wonderland”

The Enchanting ‘Santa’s Winter Wonderland’ Just Opened At Watermark, Pier 15 NYC, and we’re taking in all of the holiday feels — with a panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

May the Blessings of this Thanksgiving
Fill your Heart and Home with Happiness!
PATA New York Chapter

Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
PATA New York