Bhutan Tourism hikes entry fee for monuments to control crowds

Monday, November 11, 2019


The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has decided to raise the entrance fee for monuments across Bhutan from January 2020. Referring to this, TCB’s Director-General Dorji Dhradhul said there was no specific reason for this revision and it was just a periodic revision.

Latest reports suggest that while the visiting fee for Tiger’s Nest in Paro district has been revised from $7.14 to $14.25, other monuments including Tashichho-Dzong, Memorial Chorten and others witnessed a fee hike from $4.28 to $7.14. Students are, however, given a discount of 50 per cent.

An official went on to mention that this hike would also be one of the measures to regulate and improve tourism in the country. The entrance fees have been decided to resolve problems regarding overcrowding, which are mainly because of regional tourists. An official familiar with the matter stated that with this move, it is expected that charging of entrance fee for the monuments might contribute to improve tourism-related facilities, such as sheds, restroom, and canteens.

A tour guide also mentioned that proper guidelines and regulations for regional tourists would help curb inconvenient incidents. This is the reason why many tourism players concluded that the revision had been announced to control entry of regional tourists at the historical sites. However, there are many people, who welcomed the said revision and are of the view that it will help resolve overcrowding at historical sites.

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