Bhutan witnessed arrival of 6,000 international tourists since September
Thimpu: As many as 6,000 international tourists paying the new Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) have arrived in Bhutan since the border reopened six months ago.
Another 7000 tourists paying the old tariff visited the country in the same period, reported The Bhutan Live.
To attract more tourists, the Tourism Department is working on introducing family-oriented tourism products and making Bhutan an all-season destination, the news portal reported.
Since 23rd September last year, up until yesterday, the country received around 31,000 tourists. More than half of them were from the region. Just before the pandemic, in 2019 the country recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals at more than 315 thousand.
Carissa Nimah, the Chief Marketing Officer at the department, told the news portal that while Bhutan needs to create itineraries around families on one hand, there is also a need to make sure that the hotels and tour operators in the country are capable of catering to families.
“For instance, maybe it is time to look at having more family facilities in hotels like children’s rooms and children’s dens. Maybe allocate one room as a children’s club.”
She also said more nannies and babysitters have to be employed in hotels besides coming up with nicely designed, special children’s menus.
“Not just full of fried foods but healthy meals for children. So, I think there is potential.”