129: NY Travel and Adventure Show +  NY PATA on CBS Live + Destination  Thailand + Women in Travel + ChineseZodiac; 129-20240131

Issue 129, January 31, 2024New York, NYIssue 128 https://conta.cc/3OdAG8K
NY PATA Weekend at Javits Center
The NY PATA booth has been making waves at the Travel and Adventure Show, attracting heads of government, celebrities, and prominent figures in the travel industry, as well as suppliers. Not only that, it has become a sought-after booth for travel industry professionals looking to become members of NY PATA. In fact, on Saturday, the booth hosted a member’s reunion and group-photo opportunity that provided a relaxing break from the hectic trade show schedule.
We are proud to announce that over fifteen NY PATA members were exhibitors, and had invested in their own booths at the Travel and Adventure Show. This event was a true showcase of the talent and dedication of our members, and we are grateful to all who supported our exhibiting members.
PATA New York Chapter
We extend our congratulations to all the members of NY PATA who participated in the Travel and Adventure Show. Your hard work and dedication to the travel industry is truly inspiring and has contributed to the event’s success. Your commitment to showcasing the best of the travel industry has not gone unnoticed, and we are proud to support and showcase the amazing work of our NY PATA members in future events as well.
As we look to the future, we encourage all exhibitors to reserve their spot now for the annual NY PATA Trade Show mid-July 2024. We are excited to continue working with our members and to see the innovative and exciting developments that will come from the travel industry in the years to come.  
Jorge Islas LópezConsul General of Mexico in New York
L/R Elizabeth Chin; Akbal Setia, Vice President, Tourism Malaysia; Kelli Ann Mills, Chair, NY PATA; Dr. Varun Jeph, Deputy Consul General of India in New York; Chandan Sen, CEO, SAGA Connect & Journey, Inc.
China National Tourist Office; Philippine Department of Tourism; Consulate General of India.
NY PATA on CBS News Live
Elizabeth Chin was invited by John Elliott of CBS News Live to appear on a live segment at the Travel and Adventure Show held in Javits Convention Center. During her appearance, Elizabeth highlighted the rich and diverse cultures of the different countries in the Asia Pacific region. She spoke passionately about the unique experiences that travelers can have in this part of the world, from trying exotic cuisines to exploring ancient temples.
Elizabeth also expressed her gratitude to John Elliott for visiting the New York PATA booth, and showcasing the beauty of the Asia Pacific region to a wider audience. Her appearance on CBS News Live was a great opportunity to promote the region and inspire more people to travel and explore the world.
Peter Greenberg, renowned travel expert and journalist, visited our booth at the Travel and Adventure Show. It was an incredible honor to have Peter Greenberg stop by and chat with us.
Julian Banegas was on hand to greet Darley Newman and Rick Steves.
John Elliott, CBS News Live; Darley Newman, PBS; Rick Steves, Europe TV; Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Reporter & Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Destination Thailand
Thailand is gearing up to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which will commence on 10th February 2024, marking the Year of the Dragon. Visitors to the country during this festive period can enjoy the vibrant celebrations taking place at various locations. One such location is the massive colorful dragon, which also houses a museum of Chinese history and early Chinese migrants to Thailand. 
Museum of the Descendants of the Dragon
The Museum of The Descendants of The Dragon is a unique and fascinating destination that celebrates the rich and ancient history of Chinese civilization. Built in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and China, the museum is shaped like a dragon and offers visitors a comprehensive overview of Chinese culture and history. The Chinese history exhibition room is divided into 18 rooms, each showcasing multimedia exhibits and historical artifacts that illustrate the story of world creation and the order of dynasties from Huang-di, and to modern-day China. In addition to highlighting the ancient Chinese people who migrated to Thailand and their close relationship with Thai people, the exhibition also provides an insight into Chinese culture, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history and culture. Thailand is offering a unique opportunity to celebrate the Lunar New Year by showcasing exhibits that celebrate the rich history of the Chinese-Thai people. The dragon, a symbol of power and a sacred animal of God in the heavens, plays a significant role in Chinese culture. According to Chinese ancient beliefs, worshipping the dragon brings happiness and wealth. These exhibits offer a chance to learn about the history and traditions of the Chinese-Thai people while immersing oneself in the joyous festivities of the Lunar New Year. Come and experience the vibrant culture of Thailand and honor this auspicious occasion.
PATA International Conference
Join PATA International Conference on Women in Travel in Bohol, Philippines, March 20-22, 2024.Dive into gender diversity discussions, explore empowering initiatives, and strive towards equality in the travel sector. Be the force for positive changes and seize the opportunity to experience Bohol’s beauty with a full-day technical tour unlike any other!Grab your complimentary ticket today, the special offer ends February 29.
What Is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
Chinese astrology is a fascinating and ancient practice that uses a different set of zodiac signs than Western astrology. While Western astrology uses monthly zodiac signs based on the day you were born, Chinese astrology uses yearly zodiac signs based on the year you were born. If you are interested in learning about your Chinese Zodiac sign, you will be happy to know that it’s easy to determine! The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year being represented by a different animal. These animals include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal sign is believed to have unique personality traits and characteristics associated with it. To find out your Chinese Zodiac sign, all you need to do is look up the year you were born and match it with the corresponding animal sign. The fact that the Chinese New Year follows a lunisolar calendar means that if you were born in January or February, you should check to see if your birthday fell before or after the Lunar New Year in the year you were born. For example, babies born before February 10, 2024 year will be Rabbits, not Dragons. 
The upcoming Lunar New Year, beginning on February 10, 2024, will mark the start of the Year of the Dragon in Chinese astrology. Those born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be confident, ambitious, and natural leaders. If you’re interested in exploring Chinese astrology and celebrating the Year of the Dragon, there are many ways to do so. You could read up on the characteristics of the Dragon zodiac sign and see if they resonate with you.
You could also attend a NY PATA Lunar New Year celebration, and take part in traditional Chinese customs and traditions on March 11, 2024 at House of Joy.
Don’t miss out on this exciting event and purchase your ticket for $75 today. Contact Julian Banegas at julianbanegas@aol.com or Elizabeth Chin at elizabethnypata@gmail.com .
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have a happy and prosperous Year of the Dragon!
Please Join Us For Lunar New Year

Elizabeth Chin
Executive Director
PATA New York Chapter
Email: newyorkpata@gmail.com