124: PATA CEO + Sustainability Initiatives + Punta Cana + GTT – China Airlines + AUS + Digital Marketing Campaign + MNL Leading City + Lantern Show in Paris + Japan Towers

Issue 124, December 20, 2023
New York, NY
Issue 123: https://conta.cc/3tjboi9
PATA’s Role in Industry Recovery
Interview With PATA CEOhttps://youtu.be/7WkXIP8xBdw
PATA CEO, Noor Ahmad Hamid, recently sat down with TravelDailyNews Asia-Pacific to discuss post-pandemic challenges, sustainability, digitalization, and future innovations in the Asia Pacific travel industry.Hear how PATA’s data insights and sustainability initiatives provide support to the industry and our future directions and innovations in this interview! 
PATA’s Sustainability Initiatives in 2023

Dive into a year of impactful sustainability initiatives in “PATA’s Sustainability Initiatives in 2023”!From empowering informal workers in Indonesia to providing finance and digital skills training for SMEs across Southeast Asian countries and launching the Waste-Free Champion Awards — our blog unveils the journey of rebuilding, resilience, and empowerment in the Asia Pacific tourism industry.Discover the stories of change and sustainability: https://www.pata.org/…/patas-sustainability-initiatives…
Four Dominican Resorts EarnGreen Globe Certification
Blue Diamond Resorts is delighted to announce that four of its properties in the Dominican Republic have once again received the prestigious Green Globe Certification for 2023. This recognition reflects the hotel management company’s commitment to continuously crafting a sustainable future for travel and tourism.
The resorts whose certifications have been renewed include the all-inclusive Royalton Bavaro, Royalton Punta Cana, and Royalton Splash Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resorts & Casino, as well as Royalton CHIC Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino – Adults Only. Going above and beyond, the staff actively participates in beach cleanup activities and meticulously manages waste in strict adherence to both local and national regulations, always striving to be environmentally responsible and acting as a catalyst for positive change within the community.
GTT – China Airlines AppreciationChristmas Party 18 December 2023
Indeed, life is beautiful with GTT and CHINA AIRLINESA night of laughter, fun, savory and delicious food, good company, non stop dancing, and much more …. a night that will always be remembered.Wishing each and every one, a joyous X’mas, and a healthy and prosperous 2024.May everyone have peace of mind and harmony amongst ourselves and the people we deal with.To GTT & CHINA AIRLINES … our smiles mean TICKETS!Joebert Opulencia
Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia Holiday Happy Hour at Bluestone Lane Café, Manhattan West in NYC. It was a lovely event that brought together travel industry professionals to network, share ideas, and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. We were delighted to meet Glen’s new team and learn more about the latest tourism trends in Australia.
Digital Marketing Campaign”Incheon Smart Tourism City Project”
Founded in 2020, this project was designed with a clear objective in mind: to create a smart tourism ecosystem where tourists can seamlessly explore using a single mobile device. ‘IncheonEasy’ application was launched in 2021 to enhance travel experiences for users, incorporating features such as virtual reality exploration and AI-generated travel courses.The application connects travelers to diverse local tourism destinations and activities in Incheon, from hidden gem workshops to major must-see sites. With over 162,000 downloads as of August 2023, the IncheonEasy app is a testament to the project’s digital marketing success!Read about Incheon Smart Tourism City Project: https://sports.donga.com/…/art…/all/20230910/121111396/1
“World’s Leading City Destination”Manila, Philippines
Known as the Oscars of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards Ceremony took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 1. At the event, the Philippines secured four major global recognitions, including retaining its 2022 titles as the World’s Leading Dive Destination and Beach Destination. For the first time, Manila won the leading city destination and the nation received the Global Tourism Resilience Award, recognizing its “global leadership, pioneering vision and innovation to overcome critical challenges and adversity,” according to The Manila Times. The achievements were celebrated by Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, who highlighted the contributions of tourism to the country’s economy. “These accolades are as much a source of Filipino pride as they are a testament to the enormous contribution of tourism to the Philippine economy and global standing,” Frasco said.
2024 China-France Year of Culture and Tourism
Yuyuan GardenLantern Show in Paris
The 2024 China-France Year of Culture and Tourism has been officially launched with the debut of the renowned Yuyuan Garden Lantern Show in Paris. The opening ceremony, held on Wednesday, was attended by Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to France, who highlighted the exquisite elements of traditional Chinese culture showcased in the displays. The lantern show, featuring around 60 lantern sets and over 2,000 lanterns shipped from China, was opened to the public on Friday night at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris. This event marks the start of a year of high-quality cultural exchange activities between China and France.To inject greater vitality into cultural exchanges and yield more substantial results, China and France will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year. To mark the occasion, China is introducing a visa-free policy for six countries, including France, and a cut in visa fees for many others. Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye extended an open invitation to all, encouraging people to visit China to explore its wonders and deepen their understanding of the country. Additionally, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, and dragon elements will feature prominently in a show that will last until Feb 25, spanning across major Eastern and Western holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, Spring Festival, and Lantern Festival.
Famous Towers in Japan
New York City Community
Whitney MuseumThe Whitney Museum of American Art will offer free admission and special programming on certain days every month next year. Beginning January 12, the Meatpacking District art museum will drop its “pay-what-you-wish” system on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on the second Sunday of every month. During those times, admission will be free for all visitors.Free Fridays will feature special programming and music, with food and drinks available for purchase at the museum’s new restaurant, Frenchette Bakery at the Whitney.
Dior’s Carousel of Dreams at Saks – RCA Tree
Season’s Greetings
New York PATA wishes you and your loved ones a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.
Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
Past Chair (2016-2022)
PATA New York