121: NY PATA Election + Holiday Party Last Call + Hospitality Trends + PAS Macao + Ningxia Wine + Korea Culture Wave + Malaysia Airlines + Member News + Holiday in NYC

Issue 121, December 8, 2023
New York, NY
NY PATA Holiday Partya festive event at the House of Joy!
This is a wonderful opportunity to network with NY PATA members and travel industry colleagues, while enjoying sumptuous food and drinks. Don’t miss out on the fun – RSVP is required. Email elizabethnypata@gmail.com Come and be merry with us at the NY PATA Holiday Party 12/12/2023!
Election for 2024-2025 Board of Directors
We are thrilled to announce that Election Runner, a revolutionary platform for managing elections, was officially launched on December 7th at 6 pm and will end on December 11th at 5 pm. The Election Committee, conposed of Sandra Walker, Belinda Siu, and Lucero Sanchez have worked tirelessly to ensure that this election was not delayed any further. Election Runner is set to redefine the way elections are conducted, making the process more efficient, transparent, and accessible to all.
With its powerful features and user-friendly interface, Election Runner streamlines the entire election management process, from candidate nominations to voter registration, ballot creation, and result tabulation. We invite everyone to participate in this groundbreaking election and experience the innovative features of Election Runner.
Travel Trends in Hospitality
The adventurous spirits of Gen Zers and millennials go beyond exploring local cuisine, as they also look for excitement within the bar scene. Approximately three-quarters of Gen Zers and millennials look for unique hotel bars during their travels — and they’re searching for more than just the average cocktail. The zero-proof movement has also continued to gain momentum across generations globally with travelers becoming more creative in their cocktail pursuits, such as opting for low or non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails.In addition to the sit-down dining experiences available on-property, people are in search of grab-and-go markets and wholesome snack options while traveling. In fact, 65% of millennials are turning to ordering apps for takeout regularly.
PATA Annual Summit 2024Heading to Macao, China
May 15-17,2024The event will provide a platform for PATA’s global members and partners, Chapters, and Youths to convene on responsible and sustainable growth, value, and quality of tourism in the Asia Pacific. VISIT EVENT PAGE Conference Delegate Registration Fee includes:Access to the Summit & all functions listed in the programme including dinners, lunches, and coffee breaksComplimentary City TourAirport transfer to/from official hotelsDaily Transfer from the official hotels to the venueUS $10 Carbon offsetEarly-bird rate ending on Jan 31, 2024- grab yours before the price goes up by 10%
Ningxia Wine Region
Ningxia has been investing heavily in the production of high-quality wine in China. Their project aims to produce fine wine with large volumes while offering great ratio/price quality wines. As the Chinese market is still growing, and wine consumption is on the rise, they are eager to meet the demand for domestic fine wines. Their investment is a testament to its commitment to providing top-quality wines.Ningxia is the only wine region that offers all the conditions to become a world-class wine region in China. They have access to affordable and available land, support from the government, a skilled labor force, advanced equipment and technologies, and great potential to develop wine tourism. They are excited to bring their passion for wine-making to China and look forward to sharing their products with wine enthusiasts across the country.The types of architecture used for the wineries ranges from traditional and modern Chinese, to French Chateau, Industrial and Urban Ghetto.
The Department of Culture and Tourism of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, cordially invite you to attend the wine, culture, and tourism promotion at the:Virgin Hotel (1227 Broadway)Sunday, December 10th, 2023from 14:30 to 16:00RSVPhttps://forms.gle/jtoCe4CGubvbsf8d9
Korea’s Culture Wave
Korea’s Culture Wave: The story behind its strength
Friday, December 8, 2023, 4:00 PM
To attend this special event, please RSVP Here!
The world is captivated by Korean culture. What was once limited to drama and K-pop has extended into fashion, food, fine art, classical and various forms of music? So much that various institutions are producing their own individual answers to the question: what is the secret to Korea’s cultural success? To answer these questions, Korea’s Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation, Sohn, Jie-ae, a former CNN Seoul correspondent, delves into the fundamental values and thoughts that underlie the strength of Korea’s cultural wave. The event, titled ‘Korea’s Culture Wave: The Story Behind Its Strength,’ will take place on Friday, December 8, at 4 pm at Columbia University.
Malaysia Airlines / AirlinePros
Elevates Onboard Dining Experience
Malaysia Airlines has announced the complete reinstatement of its in-flight service offerings on all flights, effective immediately. The airline has restored its complete beverage offerings, full hot meals, special meals, and complete dining ware, following the catering transition that took effect on 1 September 2023. In addition, Malaysia Airlines is introducing enhanced meal offerings and refreshed menus across all sectors as it seeks to elevate the onboard dining experience. Passengers can now enjoy a wide range of meal options, including special meals for those with dietary restrictions. The airline has also introduced new and improved beverage options, including premium coffee and tea selections. These enhancements align with the airline’s commitment to deliver premium experiences and choices to its global customer base.
NY PATA Members’ News

J.P ConeAtout France and Destination Pays de la Loire were thrilled to join forces with @villaalbertineusa in New York for an enchanting evening for the promotion of “The Taste Of Things” by Trần Anh Hùng the acclaimed best director of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. 
Retel BronsonWe are excited to announce that Retel, one of our top travel advisors, has had great success in selling back-to-back group travel packages. Her recent October group visited the beautiful islands of Hawaii, while her November group had an unforgettable experience exploring the vibrant cultures of Vietnam and Thailand.
Retel on a motocycle in Ho Chi Min City/Saigon
Retel’s dedication and expertise in crafting personalized travel itineraries has earned her a reputation for delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. We are proud to have Retel as a member of NY PATA, and look forward to her continued success in the travel industry.
Aki HiraiTokyo NOWhttps://conta.cc/47cZBRfFor many people, visiting a museum is a common way to learn more about certain regions. Tokyo is home to many museums, but the Tokyo National Museum is one of the pre-eminent institutions of the country. Whether newcomers to the nation, or longtime fans of Japan, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy here. For first-time visitors, the sheer size and number of exhibits may be overwhelming. For those in a rush, the scale is so great that half a day is never enough, and for others who wish to truly appreciate the exhibits, even a full day here seems insufficient. To make the most of limited time in Tokyo, here is a guide to the treasures displayed in each of the six exhibition halls of the Tokyo National Museum.
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Holiday Season in NYC/NJ
Enjoy an unforgettable indoor adventure at the American Dream mall and immerse yourself in the beauty and craftsmanship of traditional Asian lanterns. The Asian Lantern Exhibition features stunning handmade lanterns created by artisans with over 20 years of experience. From the intricate silk cloth to the painted designs, every detail is illuminated as you walk through a world of lights and lanterns. Witness magical creatures made of lanterns come to life before your eyes and engage in interactive experiences that will light up your day. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a beautiful tradition and experience the magic of Asian lanterns. From October 25th to January2nd, 2024, Thursdays to Sundays from 1pm-9pm

The Rooftop at Pier 17
The return of New York City’s most magical holiday attraction, Disney’s The Santa Clauses Winter Wonderland at a New Location – The Rooftop at Pier 17 – a 65,000 square foot winter wonderland w/ rooftop skating on a synthetic rink, dining cabins, breathtaking views & more!

OCULUS: Winter Whirl Roller RinkShow your roll. A skating experience like no other.
Roller skate your way around the breathtaking rink, revel in festive music, holiday cheer, and snap the ultimate selfie alongside the festive photo moments, all framed by the world-famous and iconic architecture of the Oculus.  
Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
New York PATA
Immediate Past Chair (2016-2022)