Washington DC Travel and Adventure Expo 2013

May 8, 2013.

On March 9th and 10th 2013, a group of 9 Tibetans representing different regions of the greater Tibetan area attended the Wahington DC Travel and Adventure Expo (www.adventureexpo.com). Before the show, they met with international booking agents in New York City, and gave presentations on their companies and specific activities they offer.  At the show, they promoted their own companies and tours, and also provided visitors to the booth with an education about traveling in Tibetan areas.

After visiting New York City and Washington DC, the group traveled to the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone.  From March 12th-17th the group explored the Northern Range of Yellowstone, getting an introduction to the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem, and even having an amazing with Yellowstone’s famous Lamar Vally wolf-pack.  In addition to visiting local eco-lodges, they also went on a dog-sledding trip in Tom Miner Basin, with several of them actually “driving” their own dog-sleds.  After the trip local eco-tourism operator Jason Matthews spoke to the group about the challenges and benefits of ecotourism in the region.

The Tibetan trade fair stand

Favorite Places in Tibet

Favorite places in Tibet

Favorite experience: Walking around Barkhor Square

I love the close contact with the Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet, rubbing shoulders with them, the scent of the juniper from the incense burners while walking around Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It is great to explore the small monasteries inside the Kora, down narrow, dark alleyways that smell of smoke and butter.

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Thanks Kim Bannister!