143: NY PATA and Jiangsu Province  Together + LNY Photos +Reimagining your  Business + AI Technology + Cruises + Women in Travel + Cherry Blossoms; 143-20240322

Issue 143, March 20, 2024New York, NYIssue 142: https://conta.cc/3VaxkHZ
NY PATA and Jiangsu Province Togetherin Year of the Dragon Celebration
PATA New York recently collaborated with Jiangsu Culture and Tourism Promotion, USA to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the House of Joy in NYC. This year marks the auspicious Year of the Dragon, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune. Guests experienced an enjoyable evening filled with delightful cultural performances in dance and music, premium tea tasting, a sumptuous banquet, a video presentation of Jiangsu Province, arts and crafts, and took home a special gift! 
At PATA, we are dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and tourism, and what better way to do it than by celebrating the Lunar New Year with our friends from Jiangsu Culture and Tourism Promotion, USA! The evening was graced by 4 PATA New York past-chairmen, and we extend our sincere gratitude to Mina Su, Director, Jiangsu Culture and Tourism Promotion USA, for staging this wonderful evening of cultural exchange and celebration.
Elizabeth Chin, executive director of PATA New York, presented the beauty and richness of Jiangsu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and highlighted the tourism resources in Nanjing, Suzhou, The Grand Canal, and Yellow Sea Wetlands in Yangcheng. Elizabeth also talked about the Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, such as its cuisine, Jiangsu tea, tea culture, Su embroidery and paper-cutting, with information on many others available.Come and explore the wonders of Jiangsu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and experience the cultural heritage that the province has to offer.Contact Elizabeth Chin for tourism development in Jiangsu Province and nearby region.
Travelers who meet the requirements of the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit policy can enter through any applicable port in the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai region, and stay in Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for no more than 144 hours before exiting from the applicable ports.
We at NY PATA would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Jiangsu Culture and Tourism Promotion USA, Club Med and China Airlines for their contributions in the form of door prizes and gifts. With your support, we can further our mission of promoting travel and tourism to Jiangsu Province. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.Event photography by Susan Soo
Reimagining Your Business Model
We are excited to announce that Jonathan Song, Director, Global Business Development, Plaza Premium Group will be speaking at #PAS2024 on the topic “Reimagining Your Business Model”!Plaza Premium Group is a pioneer in airport hospitality services having expanded to 250+ locations, 80+ International Airports, and 30+ countries and regions within 25 years of business. As the Director of Global Business Development, the speaker will share with the audience some “secret ingredients” to this success and the keys to establishing an innovative business model.Save your seat at the event: https://www.pata.org/pas
AI Manages 28,000-Mile High-Speed Rail
China has now fully transitioned to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the operation and maintenance of its rail network. This 45,000-kilometer (28,000-mile) high-speed rail network is the world’s largest, and is controlled by an AI system in Beijing. By harnessing AI-powered predictive analytics, railway operators can leverage real-time data for informed actions, revolutionizing maintenance practices. For instance, advanced algorithms analyze vast amounts of sensor data from trains, tracks, and other infrastructure to predict maintenance needs accurately. It is also capable of alerting the teams in charge of maintenance of abnormal situations within 40 minutes. 
MSC Bellissima in Shanghai
The largest and newest flagship cruise vessel in Asia, the MSC Bellissima, arrived in Shanghai today, March 15, with its maiden voyage beginning tomorrow, and marking the first return of an international cruise ship to the Chinese mainland.
Women in Travel
PATA invited industry experts to address pressing issues surrounding gender disparity in tourism and promote actionable steps toward overcoming such obstacles. The 3-day event welcomed over 200 speakers and delegates from 15 countries, including Hong Kong SAR, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UAE, and more!
Cherry Blossom Greetings from NY PATA!
Elizabeth Chin, Executive Director, elizabethnypata@gmail.com