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 foster a vibrant industry as a positive force in the conservation of environment, promotion of cultural heritage, safeguarding sovereign status of the Nation for significantly contributing to Gross National Happiness.”
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.
Discount on Tourism Tariff
- 25% discount on daily tariff set by the Government is given to diplomats from foreign embassies, missions accredited to Bhutan.
- There is no charge for children up to 5 years of age. Children between the age of 6-12 years accompanied by elders, guardians are given 50% discount on daily rates.
- Full time students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions are given a 25% discount on daily rates.
- 50% discount on daily rates are given to one person in a group of 11-15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding to 16 persons.
- A discount of 10% on the daily rates is provided for stays between 11-20 nights and 20% discount on stays beyond 21 nights.
- Visitors availing discounts under section 1, 2, 3 shall not be eligible for discount under 5.
Any tour program booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
- Within 30 days prior to arrival in Bhutan – no charges
- Within 21 days – 10 % of rate
- Within 14 days – 15% of rate
- Within 17 days – 30% of rate
- Less than 7 days – 50% of rate
- No show or after arrival - 100% of rate
There are no charges for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.