James & Nicola Irving of Bhutan & Beyond are the official & exclusive Australasian representatives for Bhutan Tourism Corporation Limited (BTCL) & also enjoy contracted representation for Amankora Luxury Lodges; Zhiwa Ling Resorts; COMO Uma resorts; Gangtey Lodge in Phobjikha and Le Meridien Hotel in Thimphu.
BTCL operate high quality tours using the best available vehicles, well-trained drivers (essential) and wonderful guides who speak fluent English. Beware, lower-priced offers by smaller tour operators will often ask for more money on arrival and/or offer a distinctly lower quality product!
James & Nicola adore Bhutan. They visit the Kingdom on a regular basis and have developed exceptional relationships with key members in the Bhutanese tourism industry and remain very much up to date with the latest developments in the Kingdom.
Brief Bio for James:
James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years and has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale genres. With partners he established French Travel Connection in Sydney in the early 90’s before moving to Brisbane and working on large projects such as Rugby World Cup and other major sporting events.
Along with his cousin John Bougen, James is the holder of the Guinness World Record for traveling to the most sovereign nations on a single journey…. 197 nations in 167 days and undertaken between August 2002 and February 2003. On this journey James discovered Bhutan and instantly fell in love with this most wonderful and unique Kingdom. The rest is history.
James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.
Brief Bio for Nicola:
Nicola has a history of Practice Management in the specialist Dental industry however in 2006 was enticed by James to gradually leave dentistry & assist with the growth of their Bhutan product. Nicola has added her unique skills to quickly grow the business over the last 12 years and she too adores Bhutan which is very evident in her rapport with past and present customers.
Nicola has also shown great aptitude for new product development and keeping our website up to date.
Nicola loves to keep fit, having previously worked as an Aerobics instructor, and like James is also slave to their 2 acre property.
Our Partners in Bhutan – BTCL (Bhutan Tourism Corp Ltd):
We love our dear friends at BTCL and have enjoyed an exceptionally close working relationship with them since 2003. Via BTCL, Bhutan & Beyond offers well-designed and researched itineraries and can tailor make the perfect Bhutan experience for you with the guarantee of strong and dependable local support.
BTCL has a wide range of strengths that ensure a visit to this emerging, and sometimes challenging, destination can be taken with confidence and provide you with a very rewarding experience indeed.
- BTCL have the very best guides available in the Bhutanese tourism industry. A major key to their success.
- BTCL have their own range of well maintained vehicles from SUV’s to minibuses and larger Coaster 19-22 seater coaches.
- BTCL have a very close association with a wide range of tourist class hotels and cafeterias throughout the Kingdom.
- BTCL are innovative and have recently pioneered farm stay options and motorcycling tours inside the Kingdom.
- Our best friends in Bhutan….The BTCL management/operations team below.