eTN Bhutan Tourism Summit concluded with a full house in New York


Plenty of great Bhutanese food and wine attracting more than 100 travel agents, tour operators, and journalists set the scene tonight for a full house at the Mission for the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York.

The director of the Tourism Council of Bhutan along with her director of marketing, Damcho Rinzin, extended the view of the Royal Government of Bhutan that adhered strongly to a policy of high value, low impact/volume tourism which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high yield for Bhutan.

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Bhutan is known as an exclusive travel destination based on Gross National Happiness (GNH) Values.

The happiest person on Tuesday night was the head of PATA New York Chapter Simone Bassous. She was the lucky winner of a 5-day vacation for two to Bhutan.

The first Bhutan New York Summit Cocktail and Dinner event was organized and promoted by eTurboNews (eTN) and attended by publisher Juergen Steinmetz, and New York editor in chief for eTN, Dr. Elinor Garely.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.