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Saturday, April 19, 2014

PATA Micronesia seeks CNMI members

The Pacific Asia Travel Association, or PATA, is seeking new members for its Micronesia chapter.

Founded in Honolulu in 1951, PATA is an international, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to contribute to the growth, value, and quality of travel and tourism to and within the Pacific-Asia area on behalf of its members. Today, PATA is a global organization, covering over one third of the globe and represented through dozens of regional and satellite chapters. The PATA Micronesia Chapter was established in 1986 as a result of increasing tourism interests within the region.

The mission statement of PATA Micronesia is “to assist in the development of our regional tourism industry with strategies that are environmentally sensitive, respect Micronesian cultures, adhere to high operational standards, and provide opportunity for education, training, and gainful employment among the resident populations of our Micronesian membership.”

Currently, the Chapter consists of national tourist offices from the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia, as well as industry members from throughout the Micronesia region.

Membership dues are based on different categories.

The membership period runs from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2013. Benefits of membership include access to exclusive and valuable data, opportunities to showcase destinations and/or products, airline discounts on travel to tri-annual meetings and trade shows, training opportunities, and more.

The next PATA Micronesia tri-annual meeting is scheduled to take place on Saipan on May 15-16, 2013.

For more information about the upcoming PATA Micronesia Chapter and membership application, contact Judy C. Torres at jtorres@mymarianas.com or Lou Aguon-Schulte at dgpres@gmail.com. (PATA)

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