Bhutan tourism should receive what its worthy of, say the PM!

Friday, March 1, 2019


To evaluate where the country is short of while endorsing it as a tourist destination, the government will introduce a flagship programme on tourism, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering mentioned yesterday at the national tourism conference.


“With this flagship programme, it is not just to talk about the industry, not just to promote ourselves but see where we are lacking,” Lyonchhen said. “It is to see how we can even out the differences between different dzongkhags; make all 12 months a season for tourists to visit Bhutan, how all industries must be benefitting and how Bhutanese economy should be benefitting because we just cannot keep banking on hydropower. We all know how susceptible that can be,” he said.


Lyonchhen explained that the government was dedicated to boost up tourism, the theme of the conference. The government, he said, has by now started working towards it.


The first step was to provide the tourism council chairmanship to the Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji. This, Lyonchhen said was based on certain aspects.


By 2023, Bhutan will modify from category of the least developed countries and will be entering the category of developing countries.


“We that, we must also change our mindset and must change the way we do our business.”


“The foreign minister is the best person to lead this industry because through him, we could chip in Bhutanese foreign policy in tourism,” he said. “We can rope in all Bhutan’s embassies to work as ambassadors for the industry.”


He requested the participants to bring to the forefront issues and support TCB to see that the sector could really take tourism to the top. “We just cannot keep talking about it, we must try to work on it.”

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