New York-based travel and tourism professionals had a good time last night at the just-concluded Nepal Summit at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station in New York city, New York.
More than 180 of the top travel agents, tour operators, and media from the Big Apple had attended the 12th road show event organized by eTurboNews.
HE Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Government of Nepal to the United States of America, flew in from Washington DC; the Honorable Ghanshyam Upadhyaya, Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for the Government of Nepal attended and the new New York Consul for Nepal addressed the crowd.
eTN Publisher Juergen T. Steinmetz, together with team members Dmytro Makarov and Dr. Elinor Garely, had their hands full throughout the event. Steinmetz thanked Simone Bassous, Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for her support and for inviting a record number of local PATA members to attend the summit and learn about the many sometimes unknown opportunities to sell Destination Nepal.
The host for the evening, Rohini Prasad Khanal, Senior Officer of the Nepal Tourism Board, answered dozens of questions by the active audience in New York.
The highlight was giving out an all-expenses paid trip sponsored by 10 attending tour operators from Nepal and Turkish Airlines.
The meeting facility was top of the line and spacious, however, at a cost of $10 for a soda and $90 per person for a couple of hors-d-oeuvres, this was not one of the usual Nepal dinner events. Costs in Manhattan are simply outrageous, and union rules at the Grand Hyatt Hotel required the organizer to pay $540 just to have a “technician” plug in the sound system provided by Nepal. The Nepal technician was not allowed to plug in the system in the wall outlet.
“This is New York – and we are a union hotel,” was the response by Hyatt.
The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Chairman and eTurboNews executives are always present at these special summits, which are free to attend for travel agents, tour operators, and media.
Destinations can team up with ICTP to have their own summit. For more information, click here.