In Nepal, as long as you have any connections at all, it possible to pull off grand feats. It simply takes scratching one back in return for whatever you need. Need to speak to the media, scratch. Need to have your airport luggage processed first, scratch. Need an audience with the Prime Minister, scratch, scratch. That’s how it happens. I have indeed been party to this mode of operation and indeed, these specific examples. But America is different. We have channels. We have protocols and we have instructions, forms and rules enough to batter any reasonable human into submission with its bureaucracy. It’s our process, darnit, and we run it like a boss.
Next week I’ll be at the New York Times Travel Show as a marketing lead for AC and his guide company. About 10 days ago he asked me to contact someone and get his Nepal dance show on a stage during the highest traffic day of the show. It’s the NY Times. It’s a trade show that brings 70,000 people in 3 days. It took 2 weeks just to book a hotel room. Undaunted, I scoured the trade show website and found nary a phone number. Email. No reply. Another email, no reply. I feed back to AC that the NY Times is still printing on paper, plans just a tad in advance for these things, and probably had all these slots filled two months ago. He sends me to search again. Never doubt the tenacity of a Sherpa climber. I wring a contact our of the only sales person I can reach. Kind, doubtful, email sent, offering to fill cancellation spots or whatever is available. Bingo. Twenty-four hours later, we’re locked in, performing on the stage nearest our booth so that 70,000 people can walk past and see Nepali dancers performing and hear about International Sherpa Guides show specials.
Rabbit out of hat. Next up, coordinate dancers, their taxi driver, stage decorations and … who gets to speak? Of course. But who better to pitch travel to Nepal, right? I’m on it.