Issue 123, December 15, 2023

New York. NY

2024-2025 Board of Directors

Dear PATA New York Members,

We are excited to announce the results of the PATA NY 2024-2025 election. After a rigorous election process, we are delighted to congratulate the following candidates on their successful election: William Gardiner, Boris Miketic, Julian Banegas, Irene Sino, Kelli Ann Mills, John Graham, Iris Salazar, and Pradip Shrestha.

We would like to remind everyone that these results were generated directly by the Election Runner software and were conducted in a fair and transparent manner. We would also like to express our gratitude to all the 13 candidates and voters who participated in the election. Your contribution towards the election process is highly appreciated.

As we approach 2024, we look forward to a smooth transition. We are confident that the newly elected members to the Board of Directors will work diligently to fulfill their roles and responsibilities and contribute towards the betterment of PATA NY.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours truly,


NY PATA Holiday Party

We are thrilled to announce that the NY PATA Holiday Party was a success, with nearly 50 members in attendance. The evening began with a festive reception featuring Prosecco and wine, and members were delighted to reconnect with each other in person. We were also thrilled to welcome nine new members to the party, making it an even more special occasion.

The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the sumptuous 10-course dinner, and lots of desserts which included fresh fruit, osmanthus jelly, an awesome cake, Italian cookies, and panettone. In addition, attendees also had the chance to win some incredible giveaways in the lucky draw. One of the most exciting prizes was a 5-night all-inclusive stay at Maldives villa resorts, generously donated by long-time member Chandan Sen. We are pleased to announce that the lucky winner was Cynthia Brown.

Overall, we could not be happier with how the NY PATA Holiday Party turned out and we are already looking forward to next year's event. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a memorable evening!

Maldives Lucky Draw Winner

We are excited to announce that Cynthia Brown, a Travel Advisor and active member of NY PATA, has won our latest giveaway exclusively for NY PATA active Travel Advisors or Tour Operators! The giveaway, offered by Chandan Sen, Director-Americas of Villa Resorts, was for 5 nights for 2 people all-inclusive in the Maldives. The travel voucher is valued at approximately $4,200 and is valid from April 15th to September 15th, 2024. We congratulate Cynthia on her win and hope she enjoys her well-deserved vacation in the beautiful Maldives!


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Ningxia Wine, Culture, and Tourism Promotion

The recent Ningxia Wine, Culture and Tourism Promotion event in New York City showcased the benefits of Ningxia wine and modern agriculture. Attendees were treated to a tasting of fine wine from the Eastern Foothills of Helan Mountain in Ningxia and introduced to the "Twenty-One Scenes of Ningxia". The event sparked a strong interest in Ningxia's cultural tourism, wine, and local products among the guests. They expressed their enthusiasm for more vibrant communication and cooperation between Ningxia and the United States.

Consul General,  Huang Ping of the People's Republic of China in New York; Bai Yuzhen,  Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region; Elizabeth Chin, Executive Director, of the New York Chapter of the Asia-Pacific Tourism Association, also gave a speech, respectively.

 Ma Yunfei, Director of the China Tourism Office in New York, and more than 100 representatives from business, overseas Chinese, and media sectors of the East American cultural tourism industry attended.

Elizabeth Chin, Executive Director of NY PATA, expressed her gratitude to Bai Yuzhen, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region for bringing a marvelous experience to NYC. The event allowed people to learn about the region's history and traditions, as well as savor the unique flavors of their wines. With a shared passion for fine wine, cultural exchange and tourism, Elizabeth looks forward to fostering a strong relationship between NY PATA and Cai Ju, Director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Ningxia.

The Ningxia Wine Culture Tourism Promotion event, held at the Virgin Hotel 36th floor penthouse was a great success, and Elizabeth believes that it will have a positive impact on promoting Chinese culture in NYC.

Elizabeth Chin

Executive Director

New York PATA

Past Chair (2016-2022)