The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and members of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter recently gathered in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the organization’s first tri-annual chapter meeting on April 7-8, 2015.
The Marketing, Education and Membership committees discussed future promotions and activities, including PATA CEO Mario Hardy’s visit to Guam for the 28th Guam Micronesia Island Fair (GMIF) and the upcoming military travel fairs at Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam. Chapter goals between 2015-2016 were also reviewed.
“Our meeting in Majuro was very productive and we have a great team of PATA Micronesia Chapter officers and members that truly represent the interests of our region in the Pacific,” said Pilar Laguaña, PATA Micronesia Chairwoman. “This tri-annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to network with various island nations to continue promoting Micronesia.”
Chapter members also held a silent auction for the victims affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Mayasak in Chuuk and Yap. Proceeds from the auction were donated to assist the typhoon victims and provide relief.
The General Membership meeting concluded on April 8 with guest speaker and poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijner sharing her story and her poem, “Dear Matafele Peinem”, to PATA Micronesia members, which was presented at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
The next PATA Micronesia Chapter meeting will be held in Kosrae, FSM from August 4-6, 2015.