Mid-Autumn Fest + Bhutan Fee + Saparu Fest + ITS2023 + Aviation + New Zealand + Member News + Riverside Lux Cruises + UNESCO Lijiang + The latest news for you.

Issue 104, September 6, 2023New York, NY
Digitalization – Innovation – Resilience – Sustainability

NY PATA Networking and Dinner



Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner

A sublime gastronomic experience.

Lots of High Value Lucky Draw Prizes

3-night hotel stay

2 Turkish Airlines roundtrip economy class ticket to any TK destination

House of Joy

28 Pell Street

New York, NY 10013

September 20, 2023

From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Business Smart Attire

Group Photo will be taken.

Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner

Shrimp and Pork Siu Mai

Peking Duck with Julienned Scallion and Hoisin Sauce

Jumbo Shrimp with Honey Walnuts and Broccoli Florets

Chicken with Stir-fry String Beans

Peking Pork Chops

Beef with Chinese Broccoli

House Special Yangzhou Fried Rice

Braised E-Fu Noodles

Mid-Autumn Mooncake

NY PATA Autumn Gourmet Cake

Includes Wine, Prosecco, Beer, and Soda

$65 per person. Register and pay by 9/15/2023 to receive confirmation and QR code.



Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated in Chinese culture. It is a traditional Chinese festival that is celebrated in China and in parts of Southeast Asia. Japan and Korea have similar holidays as well. It is also celebrated in places where there is a significant number of people of Chinese heritage, particularly in New York City.

It is a festival where people moon gaze, give thanks to the divinity, celebrate a bountiful harvest, and reunite with family and friends.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or the Mooncake festival, is the second-largest holiday in China after the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is celebrated every year on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This year it is on Friday, the 29th of September.

Bhutan – New Daily Rates for Visitors

Popularly known as the land of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan faces a number of socio-economic challenges. Poverty and youth unemployment remain high.

Bhutan raised its “Sustainable Development Fee” to $200 per visitor per night, from $65, when it ended two years of COVID restrictions in September last year saying the money would go to off-set the carbon generated by visitors.

The new rate of $100 per night would come into effect from September and last for four years, the government said in a statement late on Friday.

Bhutan has always been wary of the impact of mass tourism and it bans mountain climbing to preserve the sanctity of its peaks.

Nepal Gaijatra/Saparu Festival

The festival honors deceased family members; celebrations reflect ambivalent nature of human life “a flamboyant show of joy, mirth, and laughter, in the shadows of pain, heartbreak and even death”.

In Nepal Bhasa, “Gaijatra” is called “Saparu”. The streets are ablaze with cows, cow-disguises, and jhankis with various masks. In Gaijatra, various funny conversations, jokes, sarcasm, and even stand-up comedy are performed.

The Gaijatra festival is an example of cultural significance. This pilgrimage is very important especially for the family members who lost their loved ones in the last year as it is a special place of remembrance, affection, and closeness of the deceased.

Gaijatra was started in the 17th century by King Pratap Malla.

Photo credit: Mr. Susheel Shrestha


NY PATA Exhibiting Discount

ITS2023 will take place over 3 days with 2 focused trade days and 1 combined consumer and trade day. ITS2023 provides a cost-effective way for exhibitors to reach, in one location, meetings and event planners, travel advisors and other travel professionals who are volume resellers of travel as well as frequent consumer travelers.


Each corporate member of NY PATA will receive a special exhibiting discount of 7% off the regular fee to exhibit in ITS2023 as outlined in the official “Exhibit Space & Services Contract”.

NY PATA to approve all members who qualify for this discount.

Coming to ITS2023…Book Your Room Now!

Metro View Room – 1 Queen BedResort Fee Waived – $239 per night


—at a time when international airfares are soaring.

Robin Hayes, JetBlue CEO said: “JetBlue’s transatlantic service has proven to lower fares and benefit customers in markets that have suffered from high fares by legacy carriers.”

The nonstop transatlantic service from New York’s JFK to Schiphol (AMS) operate daily on Airbus A321 aircraft. Aircraft have 24 redesigned Mint Suite seats. Customers have unlimited, free high-speed wi-fi on every plane. Located only 10 miles from Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport handles over 71 million passengers per year. Service from Boston Logan to Amsterdam is set to launch on September 20.

France wants to impose a minimum ticket price to end ultra cheap airfares

JFK to AMS Nonstop

JetBlue has expanded to a third transatlantic destination.

On August 30, the new JFK to Amsterdam route follows the successful launch of JetBlue’s first transatlantic flights between JFK and London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports in 2021, and its inaugural flight from New York to Paris on June 29, 2023. It is part of the airline’s growing effort to disrupt transatlantic air travel by offering lower airfares on narrow-body aircraft

China Airlines operates more than 85 aircraft, including 23 freighter jets. The airlines 10 777-300ERs average about 8.3 years in age. It also flies the Airbus A350-900.

While the fleet is yet to enter the second half of its useful life, with limited delivery slots for the A350-1000 and 777X in the near-term future, the airline presumably wants to jump ahead of the foreseeable retirement of the 10 aircraft.

China Airlines Ltd. is choosing between Boeing Co.’s yet-to-be certified 777X and the largest variant of Airbus SE’s A350-1000 as it looks to retire existing long-haul jets, its president Kao Shing-Hwang says.

Tourism New Zealand and United Airlines

A Journey Less Traveled!!

Webinar Training: Hidden Gems of the South Island

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM Pacific | 2:00 PM Eastern

Register now: https://tinyurl.com/4bxb73cw or click the button below.

Explore the Unknown: South Island’s Best Kept Secrets

Uncover local experiences, from Christchurch to Queenstown. Equip yourself to create custom journeys for clients seeking the road less traveled.

New Route Unlocked: San Francisco to Christchurch

Discover firsthand how to weave this route into bespoke itineraries with our guest speaker from United Airlines.

Giveaway: Win Tourism NZ Merch!

Participate live for a chance to win Tourism New Zealand merchandise. 

Nau mai, haere mai! (Welcome, come join us!)

Member News

ulian Banegas recently returned from Poland, invited by LOT Polish Airlines, to experience both of their signature services.Premium and Business both were an excellent product and fully recommended.Discovered the magic of Warsaw and the historic charm of Poznan with LOT POLISH AIRLINESPOZNAN TOURISM ORG.WARSAW TOURISM ORG.
Meeting Sales Management Team OTLOT Polish Airlines CEO, Michal Fijol; Magdalena Pantelis-Director of Sales US & Canada- and Julian Banegas, Gil Travel Group /PATA Board member | Premium Class in company of Christopher Jastrab-Global Account Manager & Corporate Sales. | Excellent Business Class Service 
TOKYO NOWhttps://conta.cc/3sfOozDFrom: Aki Hirai

Hoboken’s annual Italian Festival celebrating Madonna of the Martyrs, takes place from Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 10, along Sinatra Drive.

The festival, which generally attracts thousands of visitors, emulates the same festival that has been celebrated in Molfetta, Italy, since 1399. It is one of the biggest Italian festivals in the tri-state area. The 4-day feast includes a parade, rides, live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks along Sinatra Drive.

Riverside Luxury Cruises

Ultra Luxury returns to the river

Former Crystal Cruises, Now Riverside Cruises

Riverside Luxury Cruises is a new river cruise line created by the German hospitality group Seaside Collection that caters to affluent travelers who value beautiful accommodations and excellent cuisine. Every single stateroom — no matter the category — has a butler.

Crystal Bach, Crystal Mozart, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel

Year Built: 2017 and 2018

Capacity: 106 guests each

Location: The Netherlands

Status: Sold to Riverside Luxury Cruises

All of the riverboats in Crystal’s Rhine Class were sold to Riverside Luxury Cruises in early 2023. After over a year laid up in the Netherlands, the four vessels are set to enter service for their new owners through 2024.

Built by the MV Werften between 2017 and 2018, the Rhine Class sister ships were purpose built for Crystal Cruises and have capacity for 106 guests each.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Shuhe Ancient Town, Lijiang, Yunnan

From the 12th century onward, the Old Town of Lijiang was an important goods distribution center for trade between Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, and is where the Silk Road in the south joins the Ancient Chama (Tea and Horse) Roads.

As a World Cultural Heritage Site, Shuhe Ancient Town showcases the Naxi culture with over 800 years of history, the unique Naxi Ancient Town, the surrounding farmland landscape, the magnificent traditional buildings of Naxi and the indigenous inhabitants for generations. The Old Town of Lijiang has integrated the mountains, rivers, trees, and architecture to create a human habitat featuring the unity between man and nature.

The mountains in the surrounding area of the Old Town of Lijiang have been well preserved, and the time-honored water-supply system is still functioning today. A forked water system originates from the snow-capped mountain and runs through the villages and the farmland. Heilong Pool and the scattered wells and springs constitute a complete water system, meeting the needs for fire prevention, daily life and production in the town. Water plays an important role in the Old Town’s unique architectural style, urban layout and landscape as the main street and small alleys front onto the canals and some buildings and numerous bridges are constructed across the canals.

As an excellent example of human habitat showing a harmony between man and nature, the Old Town is a remarkable tribute to human ingenuity in land use. As one of the three sites of ‘Lijiang Ancient Town’, Shuhe Ancient Town is located 6 km over the north of Dayan Old Town, both in Lijiang Basin amongst the mountains. Shuhe has an altitude of approximately 2400 m (7,874 feet), an altitude between the Tibet and the hinterland of Yunnan Province.

Elizabeth Chin

Executive Director

PATA New York

Pacific Asia Travel Assn (PATA)

Editor, NY PATA Newsletter

Email: newyorkpata@gmail.com


PATA New York Chapter, founded in 1962, is a not-for-profit membership-based association that is dedicated to facilitate meaningful partnerships to enhance the value, quality and sustainable growth of travel and tourism to and from countries in APAC, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) founded in 1951 is the recognized authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research, and innovative events to its member organizations, which including government, state and city tourism bodies; international airlines and airports; hospitality organizations, and educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world.