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.
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 Wines.travel, Dr. Elinor Garely.
Dr. Elinor Garely. Editor-in-Chief, Wines.Travel and TourismExecutives.com; Reporter, eturbonews.com and etn.travel
•Expert Witness: Hospitality, Travel /Tourism industry with TASA Technical Advisory Services for Attorneys
•Award winning international journalist/consultant
Former Professor of Management/Marketing; Coordinator - Hotel, Travel /Tourism program - CUNY, BMCC
•Former Professor - Business Management /Marketing faculty - Long Island University, NYU Stern School of Business, University of Shanghai, PRC
•International marketing and management executive with Playboy Clubs and Hotels, the Copacabana and related restaurants/ clubs; Helmsley Spear (Hospitality Consultant Division), Babcock and Wilcox
•Developed/implemented first hotel joint venture in Russia; first hotel/restaurant management program at University of Shanghai, PRC; designed/ implemented hotel management training programs for hotels in the United States, China (PRC), Malaysia and Caribbean
•Received Ford Foundation grant to study role of Community Colleges in PRC; consultant to the government of Kenya to explore new economic development opportunities in the USA
•Research includes an analysis of Guest Safety/Security at 5-Star/Luxury Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, Cape Town, South Africa and Miami, Florida (Dissertation); Child Trafficking; eMarketing and We Know What Women Want in Hotels
•Former Real Estate Sales/Broker: Hotel Industry
•Doctorate in International Business from the University of Sarasota (Florida): focus on hotel, travel and tourism and guest safety/security
•MBA in International Marketing and Business Management from New York University, Stern School of Business with Honors from the American Marketing Association; Former Member of BGS Honor Society
• BS Degree, Lesley College, Art / Education
•Former Member - BOD, Sutton Area Community organization, International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association and HSMAI. Current Member - NY Travel Writers Association, Princeton Club of New York