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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PACIFIC HOLIDAYS

Explore Asia with its rich history, unique cultures and stunning physical beauty. Stroll through the bustling streets of an ancient Indian capital, ride atop an elephant in the forests of northern Thailand, or escape to idyllic Bali. Lounge on a pristine beach in the Philippine Islands, or cruise China’s Yangtze River or Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Rest in the felt tent home of your Mongolian herdsman host, or relax in the comfort of a Hong Kong or Singapore high-rise hotel.

Discover the magic of the South Pacific, experiencing firsthand New Zealand’s Maori heritage or a Fijian dance performance. Cruise Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, or enjoy a spectacular sunset over Ayers Rock, sacred to Australia’s Aboriginal people. Sunbathe on Tahiti’s romantic island of Bora Bora, or retreat to the enchanting Tahitian paradise of Tahaa, with its magnificent turquoise lagoon. Cruise the mystical regions of Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River, or circle the Pacific on an odyssey taking you through the South Pacific and well into Asia.

Journey to Latin America with one of Pacific Holiday's travel packages, your gateway to a variety of cultures and geographic wonders. Enjoy cosmopolitan Buenos Aires or the natural beauty surrounding the Argentine city of Bariloche and majestic Iguazu Falls. Visit Peru’s ancient Machu Picchu, tour Chile’s acclaimed vineyards or fascinating Easter Island. Ride a cable car to the top of Rio de Janeiro’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, or relax on one of Rio’s world-famous beaches. Cruise the Amazon River, marvel at the glaciers while on an Antarctic cruise, or have a close encounter with wildlife in the Galapagos.

Your Own Dream Vacation or Honeymoon

Pacific Holidays offers a broad and innovative selection of itineraries to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America, including a variety of web-only specials. We invite you to browse through our many travel packages, which have been specially designed, based on our thorough knowledge of these regions. Find one that matches your needs, or let our professional tour specialists help you use it as inspiration for creating your own unique vacation dream or honeymoon. Pacific Holidays is committed to making your travel luxurious, while maintaining group travel value.

Contact one of Pacific Holiday's tour specialists at 800-355-8025, or e-mail sales@pacificholidaysinc.com, to plan your dream vacation or honeymoon.

  • Why Pacific Holidays

    Pacific Holidays , a leading US National Tour Operator for Asia , the South Pacific and Latin America , and a New York City based corporation in business since 1993, is a member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) , International Airlines Travel Agents Network (IATAN) , Pacific Asia Travel Association New York Chapter (PATA) and Brazil Tour Operators Association (BTOA) .

    Pacific Holidays participates in the ASTA's Tour Operator Program (TOP), agrees to adhere to its stricter membership standards and abide by a tour operator code of ethics. ASTA T.O.P (Tour Operator Program) program requires the active member to maintain $1 million Errors & Omissions (E&O) policy naming travel agents as additional insureds. Adherence to the TOP Code of Ethics sets Pacific Holidays apart from other tour operators, enabling agents and consumers to find reputable suppliers. Pacific Holidays pledges itself to conduct its business with integrity, treat travel agents and consumers in a courteous and professional manner, and strive to perform to the clients' expectations.

    Pacific Holiday has earned accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for the company's commitment to its customers and to the travel industry. BBB accreditation signifies that Pacific Holidays is a trustworthy business that bases its business practices on integrity and performance. The BBB ensures that high standards of trust are not only set but maintained. This accreditation shows that Pacific Holidays meets the highest standards of business ethics and supports the BBB's time-honored message of promoting "Trust" in the global marketplace.

    Pacific Holidays is an ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) bonded agency contracting with most major carriers to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America, such as:

    Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Air China, China Airlines, Air India, Qantus Airways, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Pacific, Taca Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Brazilian, Aerolineas Galapagos and Aerolineas Argentinas.

    Pacific Holidays is often on the top 10 lists of recommended US tour operators of government tourist offices stationed in North America . Pacific Holidays tour programs are constantly featured on the official websites of Singapore Tourism Board, Malaysia Tourism Board, China National Tourist Office, Korea National Tourist Office, Japan Tourist Office, Taiwan Visitors Association, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Philippine Department of Tourism, Fiji Visitors Bureau, Tahiti Tourisme and many others.

    Pacific Holidays, Inc, was honored with a TravelAge West 2012 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best Tour Operator, Asia, as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards. The WAVE Awards give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners. Honoring travel companies that “go above and beyond,” the awards are made based on a review that includes product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

    Combining extensive experience and knowledge of its varied destinations with flexibility in creating custom itineraries, Pacific Holidays offers high-quality yet affordable travel. To plan a dream vacation or honeymoon, contact one of Pacific Holiday's tour specialists at 800-355-8025800-355-8025 FREE, or e-mailsales@pacificholidaysinc.com

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  • General Contact Information

    General Contact information:

    Our USA Toll Free Telephone Number:
    (800) 355-8025(800) 355-8025 FREE 

    Our Worldwide Telephone Number:
    (212) 629-3888(212) 629-3888 (Worldwide)
    (212) 629-8882 (Fax)   
     
    Our Office Hours:
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Friday (Eastern Time)
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday (Eastern Time )
     
    Our Mailing Address:
    Pacific Holidays
    12 West 32nd Street
    6th Floor
    New York, NY 10001    

    Our Website Address
    www.pacificholidaysinc.com

    Our E-mail:
    sales@pacificholidaysinc.com

  • Meet Our Staff

    Jerry Chang
    President/Owner

    After 20 years of hard work and devotion, Mr. Chang has built Pacific Holidays from scratch to its current status of a major US tour operator for travel to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America. Having lived through China’s tumultuous years in the ’60s and ’70s, Mr. Chang steadfastly pushes business through the down times and ensures that it thrives during the good times. Building on his own extensive travel experience throughout the world, he has developed innovative tour programs to various destinations. Mr. Chang treasures a close relationship with consumers and travel agents. His philosophy is: “Putting principles ahead of profits.” Majoring in the English language and linguistics, Mr. Chang was trained to be a teacher. He taught English for a few years before becoming a tour guide at China International Travel Service’s (CITS’s) Nanjing branch in 1978. With more than 30 years in the travel industry, Mr. Chang has never left the tour operation business since immigrating to the United States in 1987. To learn more about him, please click here to read his travel essay “Travel is in My Genes.”


    Marta Visu
    Vice President of Marketing and Product Development

    With a master’s degree in tourism and hospitality from New York University, Marta is a proficient travel executive, having more than twenty years’ experience in the industry with airlines, retail agency and tour wholesaler. Joining Pacific Holidays in 2007, Marta brought her strong trade connections with the South Pacific region and superb ability in sales, customer service, contract negotiations, and new product development, as well as staff management. Her whole-hearted contributions are integral to Pacific Holidays’ recent success. While she has visited many countries, she does not like to pick a favorite. Each place has its own inner beauty, its own friendly people and its own surprises ready to be discovered. I believe once you visit a new country, you inadvertently become its ambassador. I consider myself very fortunate to work in the field of my passion. Every time I plan a new itinerary or work with a client on a trip, I get to re-experience the excitement of the trip I took to that place.


    Sharon Chan
    Destination Specialist

    In a senior sales position with Pacific Holidays, Sharon has been with the company for 15 years. She is a worldwide explorer, seasoned tour leader, and a specialist in all Pacific Holidays’ destinations – in Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. Born in Hong Kong, she studied in Japan, Switzerland and Hawaii, speaks multiple languages other than English, including Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese, and is now diligently studying Spanish.


    Jake Goodhart
    Destination Specialist

    A born-and-bred New Yorker and a 2006 graduate of Vassar College, Jake has been a world traveler his entire young life, visiting dozens of countries, including South Korea, Samoa, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Jake has been working in the travel industry for more than 5 years and is a specialist in Central and South American destinations. He\'s ridden on horseback through Chile\'s Atacama Desert and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Not one to settle for mediocrity, Jake always tries to tailor trips to his clients\' interests to ensure the best vacation possible.


    Elena Cowell
    Destination Specialist

    Elena grew up in the central part of Russia. After her university graduation, she moved to the US. Now she is on a fast track to becoming a citizen of the world. She started at Pacific Holidays as a Tahiti specialist. She has visited Tahiti, hopping not only around the most popular islands of Moorea and Bora Bora, but to less developed and more authentic islands such as Huahine. But her experience does not stop there. Elena has also gazed at New Zealand\'s flawless polka-dot sheep lawns, and journeyed to Asia, where she turned her jet-setter eyes on Vietnam and the ancient temple of Angkor Wat.


    Ruta Kliucininkaite
    Destination Specialist

    Born in Lithuania, Ruta earned an MBA in labor economy and management, worked in both sales and marketing positions in tour agencies in Dubai, and later immigrated to the US. Her 15 years working in the travel industry, combined with her extensive touring around the world, gives her a unique firsthand perspective on what is required for the very best travel arrangements. She loves to explore new destinations and is eager to share her experiences and knowledge with her clients.


    Peggy Senko
    Operations

    Peggy has extensive experience in all areas of operations at Pacific Holidays, including communications, managing the air department, web management, travel agent familiarization trips, and reservations. Working on various aspects of Pacific Holidays’ destinations and itineraries complements her interest in different cultures and languages, as well as her passion for writing. After years as an editor, publications director, and music educator, Peggy finds working for a tour operator offers new insights, and she enjoys sharing the world of Pacific Holidays with others.


    Vicky Dong
    Accounting

    Vicky holds a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Finance University and an associate’s degree in accounting from the Long Island Business Institute. Having joined Pacific Holidays about 6 years ago, she is responsible for all daily financial operations. Vicky is a seasoned accounting professional with over 20 years of experience.


    Viktor is a sergeant in the US Marine Corps Reserve. He receives intensive military training and is ready to supplement active duty forces whenever needed.  But his full-time civilian career is destination specialist  for overseas travel at Pacific Holidays. After graduating summa cum laude from CUNY College of Technology with a bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Viktor immediately decided to focus his interest in tour management. A couple of years ago he joined Pacific Holidays. His  well-trained discipline, his drive for excellence and his devotion to customer service soon made him a strong addition to the sales team.  Already a pro, his goals now include even more travel to Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific to gain in-depth knowledge of the destinations and become the best professional for serving travelers to each area.

  • A Travel Essay By the President

    Travel Is in My Genes

    By Jerry Chang - President of Pacific Holidays

    If there were such a thing as travel gene, then I would have it.

    When I was 12 years old, the Cultural Revolution broke out in 1966 China. Chairman Mao Zedong set millions of young students free. We students, Red Guards of the revolution, did not have to study at school, and we were told to criticize teachers, government officials and other so-called bad elements of society. We could travel for free to visit any cities that trains and other means of public transportations could reach in China, swapping revolutionary experiences and ideas along the way.

    So, without my parents’ supervision, but with their permission (they were having problems with the chaotic situation, as they were city government officials), I, together with some classmates, took an over-crowded train heading for Beijing from my hometown city of Wuxi, not far from Shanghai. For two days, we had to stand in the car or sit on overhead luggage racks (no sleeping berths for free travel). We were actually reviewed by Mao Zedong on the Tian An Men Square, as he stood on the rostrum waving his little red book to the sea of people with red armbands and red flags.

    I returned from that trip with an even bigger ambition: to visit Yan An, a remote village in western China where Mao Zedong’s communist army was based during the anti-Japanese war. A US journalist, Edgar Snow, had visited there and later published the famous book Red Star Over China. This was a weeklong train ride (no bullet train yet, and no precision scheduling when there were tens of thousands of free young travelers) to Xi’an, the ancient capital, where the terracotta army of the first emperor of China would later be excavated. Four of us, all schoolmates, were supposed to swap revolutionary ideas and to read and copy big-character posters of criticism. Instead, we went to the ancient Drum Tower in the city center, climbed the old city wall, and tasted local hot and sour noodle soup. 

    From Xi’an, transportation was arranged to our ultimate destination in a canvas-covered military truck. No seats. Bumpy roads. No super highway at that time.  No heat in the December cold. No proper food. Only millet porridge and cornbread, occasionally, served by locals who supported students on their pilgrimage to the sacred place of revolution. When we finally reached our destination, I went straight to the pagoda on the hill overlooking the village of Yan An. The pagoda was depicted in films, artwork, and books as the symbol of revolution and the anti-Japanese war. While the pagoda looked respectable from a distance, it was dilapidated, abandoned and in serious disrepair. I managed to climb a few flights up to a higher floor, as parts of the stairs were missing. What a magnificent, breathtaking view – the waters of the Yan River rushing over boulders and rounded pebbles, unique traditional cave residences in the village, and the barren loess plateau of western China.

    When I was 15, Mao Zedong decided to send millions of unemployed young city students to the remote countryside to receive education from peasants. I did not have to go since I was one year away from the required age. But I still went. My parents were still in labor camps. And I wanted to see the world. My whole class was assigned to a farm on the northern bank of the Yangtze River on the east coast. During the week (6 days), we toiled in the rice paddies and cotton fields and lived on strict food rations with little meat. But our spirits were mostly high. On Sundays, we journeyed by foot to nearby towns for exciting local markets and fairs, to the distant county government seat, and to the vast muddy beaches on the East China Sea, now a wildlife sanctuary best known for rare migrant red-crowned cranes and Pere David’s deer.

    Later on, I was lucky to become a college student, majoring in English language and linguistics at East China Teachers’ University in Shanghai, one of the first, and few Chinese universities to re-open in the early 70s. Upon graduation, I was assigned right back to the same farm north of the Yangtze River, where I became a middle school teacher. In those eight years of studying and teaching, summer and winter recesses were the best opportunity to travel within the province and nearby regions.

    My real travel fortune arrived when the demand for English-speaking personnel became pressing, as Nixon broke the ice and China was opening to the outside world. In 1978, I was enlisted as an English-speaking tour guide by China International Travel Service (CITS) Nanjing Branch. Along with foreign visitors, I was among the first to visit the newly discovered Xi’an terracotta soldiers. Also, before the gigantic hydraulic project stopped the river’s natural flow, I was among the first to sail through the treacherous and yet spectacular Three Gorges on the Yangtze River on a newly built luxury tourist cruise ship. In my nine years working for CITS, I witnessed, and assisted others in witnessing, the greatness of China’s magnificent mountains and mighty rivers, modern metropolises and ancient towns, and archaeological sites and stunning landscapes. Travel was so fulfilling!

    It was during this time of my life that I started to grasp the art of travel planning: how to put together interesting destinations in the most enjoyable, relaxed way, while not wasting time with any unnecessary hotel stay, optimizing flight itineraries, and combining archaeological sites, exotic cultures and natural wonders.
     
    When I immigrated to the US in 1987, the only trade that I had acquired, and that I could use to make a living in this new world, was travel consulting. For six years, I sold China and other Asia destinations. Not much time for travel, since I was too busy making travel arrangements for other people.
     
    In 1993, I decided to start my own business – Pacific Holidays. Again, for the first few years, no travel, all work, as I built a business encompassing the Far East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. In 2001, we extended our coverage to the South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and many other Pacific islands. Four years later, we launched our programs to Central and South Americas.

    In the years that followed, I participated in numerous travel agent familiarization trips and toured on my own to most Asian countries, many South Pacific islands, and almost all Central and South American countries. Now, travel took on new meaning. Wherever I went I would bring back something new, as I found the most exciting sites, optimum travel routes, most reliable partners, best-located and desirable accommodations, and innovative ideas for touring to the destinations.

    One day in early February 2001, I received a phone call from the chief of North America of Air Tahiti Nui, asking if I was available for a Tahiti agent familiarization trip. I checked my calendar and, regretfully, had to decline the opportunity.  I thought I’d lost the chance. But a few weeks later he called again, saying the departure date had changed. “Are you available this time?” Yes! My wife and I visited all three main islands of French Polynesia: Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. I was so impressed by the intriguing legends of an exotic people, the stunning beauty of the islands, and romantic overwater bungalows, that upon our return, I produced a one-color tour flyer devoted only to Tahiti. Today, Pacific Holidays is one of the very top sellers of Tahiti in the US.

    In 2008, I was invited to participate in the Excel Cebu Tour Congress in the Philippines.  At the end of the event, the bad news arrived -- we could not go to Boracay because of a recent strong typhoon that partially destroyed many resorts on the otherwise idyllic beaches. It would take weeks before the island could restore to its normalcy.  Department of Tourism staff frantically put together a Plan B. Instead, we visited the islands of Bohol and Palawan, west of the main Philippine islands and much less frequented by American visitors. One of the world’s longest navigable underground rivers, near the provincial capital city of Puerto Princesa, was provisionally chosen as one of the new seven wonders. The private island luxury resort of Dos Palmos, off the Palawan shore, was an ideal location for romance, nature, and diving. The following year, Pacific Holidays annual tour brochure introduced the Philippine tour program “Philippine Odyssey,” a 13-day/11-night tour that includes exactly the same islands and cities I had visited: Manila, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan.

    My last New Year vacation was in Colombia, an upcoming new destination for American travelers. Putting together the three locations I visited - the sophisticated capital city of Bogota, the quaint colonial town of Villa de Leyva hidden in the rolling countryside, and the scenic and yet colonial beach city of Cartagena on the Caribbean, creating a complete standalone tour itinerary for Colonial Colombia, that is now in Pacific Holidays tour brochure and website.

    Many of the tour programs Pacific Holidays offers to Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific were personally experienced and tested by me or my staff members. That is Pacific Holidays’ difference.

    Travel satisfies my curiosity. Travel overwhelms my senses. Travel inspires Pacific Holidays’ innovative touring. Today, I am always ready, “Have digital camera, will travel.”

    March 2013
    New York

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