SAN DIEGO, March 17, 2017 — On March 2nd and 3rd, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) San Diego Chapter (SANPATA) provided an exceptional educational travel industry conference at the Bay Club Hotel & Marine, Shelter Island, California, USA.  The PATA Chapters (Americas) U featured informative and engaging sessions on Travel and Tourism to the Asia Pacific region with leading industry speakers, including Keynote Speaker, Mr. Andrew Jones, PATA Chairman, from the PATA Bangkok head office.  Also in from Asia, Mr. Danny Ho, Executive Pastry Chef, Hotel ICON Hong Kong, PATA Face of the future 2016, and PATA Board Member.  Mr. Ho was part of a Culinary Panel presentation.

Amongst the engaging lineup of speakers was also Patricia Schultz, veteran travel journalist and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller – “1,000 Place To See Before You Die” who focused on Canada and US unique destinations.

Mr. Jones stated, “It was indeed rewarding to meet with the PATA Chapter representatives and travel agents of North America at the PATA Chapters educational conference. The event was very well organized with many enriching presentations from the Asia Pacific suppliers. Events such as this provide an excellent opportunity for more engagement between PATA Chapters and PATA HQ in Bangkok, for the benefit of all members and the association.”

 Florida-based PATA member president, Douglas Shachnow, commented, “We were delighted to be a presenter at this superb learning event for travel agents.”

The Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO) sponsored the Thursday luncheon, and presented a preview of PATA Travel Mart 2017 in Macao SAR from September 13-15, as delivered by their North America representative, Myriad Marketing.

An outdoor  gala Cruise Night Dinner was presented by three members of the Carnival Corporation Family of cruise lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival, to a sold out gathering over 110 attendees…with the gleaming San Diego skyline as a backdrop.

The PATA San Diego Chapter has an excellent reputation within the travel industry for organizing exceptional and consistent educational programs to the travel agency community.

“We are exceedingly pleased with the overwhelming success of our event,” stated Jill Powell, Executive Administrator of PATA San Diego and co-chair of the program.

Major sponsor Emirates Airline donated 2 tickets on Emirates (with space available upgrade to business class) from any of their US Gateways to Dubai, and the Balinese-inspired Pantai Inn, rated #1 San Diego Hotel on PATA member TripAdvisor, donated a luxury two-night stay, in addition to supplying the colorful conference table centerpieces for the meeting rooms and meal functions.

PATA Chapters U delegates received a Certificate of Merit Award for completing the course curriculum with Ms. Asia USA, LIsa Baru from Indonesia assisting in the handing out of the certificates.  In addition, four special “Pillars Of PATA Americas Chapters” Awards were handed out to PATA Chapter stalwarts, Gloria Henderson (Hawaii), Klaus Billep (SoCal), Simonne Bassous (New York) and Jill Powell (San Diego), in recognition of their yeoman executive admin and facilitation work within their respective Chapters.

 “It was a most rewarding experience for both the attendees and event organizers and a true labor of love by the Chapter,” commented, Jim Ferguson, PATA San Diego PCU co-chair, and PATA Board member.

Following the conference, travel agents then took in the annual consumer San Diego Travel and Adventure Show that weekend.  Travel consumers had the opportunity to meet with the SANPATA travel expert booth team and be introduced to their agency products and services of PATA.

PATA Chapters are established throughout the world to assist in the fulfilment of the objectives of the Association. They are local community organizations of travel industry professionals who join in a co-operative endeavor – within the framework of PATA – to develop travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific area. There are 40 PATA Chapters around the world that make valuable contributions to local travel industry communities.

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