PATA San Diego Chapter turns 40 – Aloha style

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SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2019 —  The PATA San Diego Chapter recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a Gala event, appropriately, Hawaii-themed  (birthplace of PATA in 1951) at the Bali Hai Restaurant, Shelter Island, with the twinkling San Diego skyline providing the backdrop. 

Some 125 PATA San Diego attending Chapter members and vendors were on hand for the pre-meal tradeshow of Hawaii product tour operators, hotels, and cruise lines, with Alaska Airlines providing the grand prize of two roundtrip tickets, San Diego – Honolulu. 

Chapter Chairperson, Karen Olson, welcomed guests and introduced past chapter chair/membership chair, Carole Ericson, who presented a poignant on-screen trip down memory lane, of the two-time recipient of the coveted Spirit of PATA Award…Chapter’s storied history, past chairman recognition, and memoriam.

Agents shared in a giant anniversary cake while The Hawaiian Islands provided lively Hawaiian dance entertainment followed by an engaging presentation on the Islands.

“Fabulous Ohana gathering of People of the Pacific travel professionals.  It is indeed a pleasure and privilege to be a member of the vibrant PATA San Diego Chapter,” commented, Jim Ferguson, former PATA Director, North America.

Congratulatory messages were received from PATA North America Chapters, New York, San Jose, Orange County. Additionally, PATA CEO, Dr.  Mario Hardy sent the following congratulatory remarks:

“On behalf of PATA; it’s Executive Board, Board and staff, we wish the San Diego Chapter a Happy 40th Anniversary. Our industry has changed in many ways over the past 40 years and continues to change at a fast pace. However; we are pleased to see that organisations such as PATA and PATA San Diego Chapter are still very much relevant. More than ever we need to stand together as an industry and grow sustainably and responsibly. I’d personally like to congratulate the San Diego Chapter for embracing diversity with 98% female leaders in its executive committee which is an amazing achievement,” commented Dr. Hardy. 

L_R Jim Ferguson, Jill Powell, Gail Strickland, Robin Hochstadt –
(daughter of Chapter founder, Helen Pain, and Deb Eck.)

L-R  Jim Ferguson, Jill Powell, Gail Strickland, Robin Hochstadt – (daughter of Chapter founder, Helen Pain, and Deb Eck.