Guam – (Tuesday, February 18) More than 60 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter members from across the Micronesia region met on the beautiful Island of Palau to hold its Tri-Annual chapter meeting on February 10 – 12, 2014.
The Education, Marketing and Membership committees of the chapter were able to deliver and approve each of their 2014 Business Plans during the 2 days of meeting. In addition, Chairwoman Pilar Laguaña delivered her 2013 Year End Chapter Review during the PATA General Membership in front of a packed room full of government and state officials, tourism industry partners and chapter members on February 12.
Highlighting the General Membership meeting also was the keynote speaker, the FESTPAC 2016 Chairwoman Therese Cruz Arriola sharing Guam’s progress and welcoming suggestions and recommendations from Palau in hosting the next Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) on Guam from May 22-June 4, 2016.
[Left to Right (standing): Regina Nedlic-Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Marketing Officer II, Bermance Aldis-Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Visitors Board-Boar Member, Judy Torres-Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) Deputy Managing Director & PATA Micronesia Chapter Treasurer, Pilar Laguaña-GVB Marketing Manager & PATA Micronesia Chapter Chairwoman, Monty McDowell-CEO Advance Management Corp & PATA Micronesia Chapter Education Co-Chairman, Georgette Reyes-Wiltz – Pacific Small Business Development Center Network-Guam; Joe Suka-Chuuk Visitors Bureau Director; Sam Scott-Sam’s Tours & PATA Micronesia Chapter Membership Co-Chairman, Kadoi Ruluked-Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) Marketing Manager; Grant Ismael-Kosrae Visitors Bureau (KVB) Manager. Left to Right (sitting front): Lourdes Aguon-Schulte, Pacific Island Paradises Inc. & PATA Micronesia Chapter Membership Co-Chairwoman and Emelyn Simon, Marshall Islands Visitors Authority Sales (MIVA) and Marketing Representative.]
The chapter also conducted, under its Education Committee, co-sponsored by the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network and the Palau Visitors Authority, a two-day training seminar for service industry workers who wanted to enhance their abilities to provide a memorable “Fine Dining” experience in their establishments. The free seminar by PROA Restaurant owner Chris Flores Bejado was well attended with over 27 attendees each day.
Other highlights from the PATA Tri-Annual Meeting included a courtesy visit to Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and First Lady Debbie Remengesau, and the recruitment of an additional 40 PATA members from Palau to increase the chapter’s membership to 129 members.
The chapter meetings concluded on February 12 at the Sea Passion Hotel with a “Local Style Dinner” featuring local specialty dishes from all 16 states of Palau. Special thanks to the following sponsors: United, Sea Bird Cruise Palau, Sea Passion Hotel, Palau Tourism School of Hospitality and Excellence, Sam’s Tours, Alibamou Resorts, 16 states of Palau, West Plaza Downtown, Roll ‘Em Productions, Budget Car Rental and Carp Island Resort
[Left to Right: Honorable First Lady of Palau Debbie Remengesau; Therese Cruz Arriola-FESTPAC 2016 Chairwoman and Guam Visitors Bureau Board Member; Honorable Tommy Remengesau Jr. President of Palau; Pilar Laguaña-Guam Visitors Bureau Marketing Manager & PATA Micronesia Chapter Chairwoman; Judy Torres-Marianas Visitors Authority Deputy Managing Director; Regina Nedlic-Guam Visitors Bureau Marketing Officer II; and Kadoi Ruluked-Palau Visitors Authority Marketing Manager]
The next PATA Micronesia Chapter Tri-Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place July 23-25, 2014 in Pohnpei, F.S.M.