Nepal Tourism impressed San Francisco tonight in a delicious summit


Ellen B. Levin, concierge at Noe’s West was the lucky winner tonight at the Nepal Summit Sales Mission in San Francisco. More agents were lucky enough got to take home some unique souvenirs from Nepal.

92 San Francisco travel agents, tour operators, and journalists enjoyed an informative, exciting and delicious evening at the beautifully designed event space in the historic  AIF SF on 130 Sutter Street.

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Celebrate your Happiness with Manakamana Catering was the message from Chef Deepak Adhikari who delivered a tasty Nepalese dinner from Aroma House in Mountain View. Everyone attending loved the food.

Nandini Lahe Thapa, director Tourism Marketing and Promotion for the Nepal Tourism Board had an eye-opening story to tell about her home country. San Francisco travel professionals loved to listen to her and the presentation of a stunning video showing some of the beauty of this Himalayan country.

Diwakar Bikram Rana, Senior Manager, Tourism Marketing & Promotion Department jointly with Nandine represented the Nepal Tourism Board at this event.

Four of the top tour operators from Nepal were extremely busy talking to agents in San Francisco and showcasing their diverse packages for Nepal visits.

The master of ceremony was Melanie Webster from eTurboNews in California. Dmytro Makarov from eTurboNews Haleiwa, Hawaii together with eTN Publisher Juergen Steinmetz were responsible for the overall organization of the four city sales mission for Nepal Tourism Board.

The overall message tonight Naturally Nepal – once is not enough.  A lot more on this can be found at

On Wednesday NTB and eTN will be in Artesia, Los Angeles for their last stop.
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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.