Indians who make there trip to Bhutan will now need to pay extra. Below are the explanations
Bhutan is proposing a “sustainable development tax” for national tourism after an increase in Indian travelers that has ignited concerns about the beloved biodiversity of the ancient himalayan kingdom.
During the tourist season, the bulk of visitors still cough up $250 a day — for food, travel, and lodging — to visit the country of 750,000 residents known for putting joy above economic development and carbon negative.
But in recent times this “high-value, significantly higher-impact” approach has come under pressure owing to a sharp increase in tourists from its giant neighbor India — who are excluded from the tax.
Bhutan’s constituent assembly enacted legislation on Monday, ensuring tourists from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives will be charged interest of 1,200 ngultrums ($16.85) per day from July.
Bhutan attracted 200,000 tourists from countries in the region in 2018, up almost 10 percent from 2017, raising worries that it would become only another location for mass tourism.
India’s star player and captain Virat Kohli did a lot to advertise Bhutan when he shared pictures of a recent vacation with his partner, Bollywood beauty Anushka Sharma, on social networking sites.
Although India’s biggest power couple, jointly called “Virushka,” handled themselves, others might not have.
Last October an Indian biker sparked outrage at posing for a photograph by clambering on top of a mural.
Nevertheless, Bhutan’s chairperson of the hotel and restaurant association Sonam Wangchuk, expressed concerns that newly constructed chain hotels will now go bust, meeting the increase in Indian tourists.
“We’ve expressed our thoughts and emotions with the government. But they’re still going ahead with the policy, given that,” Wangchuk informed AFP.