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Kuzu zampo la! Join Michaela Guzy, founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet as she discovers the unexpected in the land of the Thunder Dragon!
With traditions that date back to before its birth as a nation, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a beautiful contrast between its cultural heritage, natural wonder and the growing influence brought on by the country’s second largest industry, tourism.
Since opening to western tourism in 1974, Bhutan is only now experiencing a cultural tipping point, as the traditional countryside villages see their populations dwindle and cities like the capital, Thimpu swell faster than they are designed to handle. As with any developing nation, the defining characteristics of Bhutan are being tested as modernity sweeps through these once completely pastoral valleys. Monks on cell phones and an influx of foreign workers to help expand roads are clear signs that Bhutan as a country is already quickly changing. But it’s not just the cultural evolution that creates interesting contrasts in this country of approximately 750,000 people, it’s the juxtaposition of rugged beauty and refined luxury that makes the country so unique.
Watch as Michaela meets the locals, tries their local brew and discovers why Bhutan is internationally recognized as the land of happiness.
Michaela Guzy, Chief Content Creator, OhThePeopleYouMeet & Michaela’s Map
Who is Michaela Guzy?
Less than three years ago, Michaela Guzy founded OhThePeopleYouMeet a content site for travelers, foodies and philanthropists with a passion for a genuine connection with the locals people she meets. Today OTPYM has over 50 contributors across the globe and 60,000 fans on Facebook. In June of 2012, she started Michaela’s Map, an original web video series she writes, produces and hosts, which is currently distributed on sites like YahooTravel, Everett Potter, The Daily Meal and of course OTPYM channels and directs and produces commercial video work for the industry.
Michaela advises Travel+Social Good and serves as the Corporate Vice Chair for The New York Center for Children. In addition to speaking at various International Luxury Travel Market conferences and Adventure Travel Trade Association Summits, Michaela curates content for T+SG during Social Media Week and NY Travfest. In a past life, Michaela, served as the VP/Global Travel and Strategic Development at American Express Publishing overseeing sales and marketing for blue-chip travel accounts for Travel+Leisure, Food&Wine, Departures, Executive Travel, Black Ink and Time Inc. brands.
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