Unique Bhutan Tourism
The only way to visit Bhutan, is by booking your travel through a Local Bhutanese Tour Agent and Tour Operator, licensed by the Royal Government of Bhutan and having an established office in Bhutan, and have to be a registered member with the Tourism Council Of Bhutan. Thus”Bhutan Tourism Policy is unique ” .
Why Bhutan Tourism Policy is Unique is perfectly stated by the Bhutan Tourism Council (TCB) here : ” Bhutan’s tourism sector is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. Bhutan enjoys a reputation for authenticity, remoteness and a well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment.
Today tourism is a vibrant business with a high potential for growth and further development. The Royal Government of Bhutan adheres strongly to a policy of ‘High Value, Low Impact’ tourism which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high- yield for Bhutan.
“To promote Bhutan as an exclusive travel destination based on Gross National Happiness (GNH) Values”.
The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. The Royal Government of Bhutan recognizes that tourism is a world-wide phenomenon and an important means of achieving socioeconomic development particularly for a developing country like Bhutan. It believes that tourism, in affording the opportunity to travel, can help to promote a deeper understanding among people and to strengthen ties of friendship based on a deeper appreciation and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.
Towards achieving this objective, the Royal Government, has adopted a very cautious approach to growth and development of the tourism industry in Bhutan. Its tremendous potential as a truly indigenous industry and the clear comparative advantages Bhutan enjoys, are compelling reasons to promote Bhutan as a high-end tourist destination in a manner which accords with the tenets of Gross National Happiness.”
After arrangements with the Tour Agent in Bhutan, the tourists/visitors have to pay upfront ALL Inclusive fee , which is not practiced anywhere else in the world. And only after this payment is received, Bhutan Visa is APPROVED.
The Tour Tariff or Tour Cost is already set by the Bhutan Government where a minimum Tour Tariff is set, and Tour Agents are NOT permitted to sell tours below this Minimum set Tariff.
As of now, the Tour Tariff has been set at USD 250 Per Person per Night and Government surcharges of USD 40 and 30 respectively per person per night have been charged on Single and Two Travelers. For 3+ Travelers No Surcharges are applicable.
For more information on Tour Cost and Prices Visit our Bhutan Tour Price and Costs page.
Bhutan’s tourism policy has hence been termed a ‘LOW VOLUME HIGH VALUE’ policy. It recognizes that infrastructure and resources in tourism are limited, and is founded on the principles of sustainability, economic viability, environmental soundness and cultural acceptability.Travelers to Bhutan pay a minimum of US $ 250 a day because they know they cannot buy the same environment and culture anywhere else, at any price.
Bhutan is Not Expensive
At a glance USD 250 per day may sound high and to some atrociously high, BUT USD 250 includes,your accommodation, food, all ground travel and sight seeing, a personal guide,personal driver and all arrangements for your travel to Bhutan is made ready by Bhutan Jewel Travel. Apart from all arrangements,the best part is that Bhutan will be offering you a clean environment,rich culture and a living tradition, smiling and happy simple folks all around you….truly the last Shangrila on this Earth.
The vision for Bhutan tourism is:
To foster a vibrant industry as a positive force in the conservation of environment and promotion of cultural heritage that safeguards the sovereign status of the Nation and significantly contributes to Gross National Happiness.
Tourism Council of Bhutan’s Secretariat (TCBS) has recently undertaken a series of branding and marketing exercises and has adopted a tag-line that embraces the GNH concept, “Bhutan – Happiness is a Place”.
Bhutan’s distinctive policy of Gross National Happiness was well received at the UN General Assembly in 2011 and the UN General Assembly formally adopted the concept of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH) as the 9th Millennium Development Goals.
Other Himalayan countries may offer more at lesser price but Bhutan is not comparable to these countries as Bhutan is Unique in its self and there are no words to describe what Bhutan stands for,there fore to understand and feel Bhutan, make a trip and your senses will be awakened and each traveler will be able to experience Unique Bhutan unique to themselves.
Therefore The Brand Name for Bhutan Tourism is – “Bhutan – Happiness Is a Place “
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