The Himalayan country of Bhutan is taking various steps including reducing the airfare to attract foreign tourists. These measures include reducing airfares, reducing the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), a special tax levied on foreign tourists, reducing hotel rents, etc.
In an interview given to Bhutan’s television channel Bhutan Live last Tuesday, the country’s Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said, “We plan to reduce the fares of Drukair Corporation (Bhutan’s government airline) and Bhutan Airlines.” Apart from this, 200 dollars were charged from each foreign tourist as SDF, it has already been reduced to 100 dollars. In addition to these, plans have also been made to reduce the rental rates set by the government in hotels.
International tourists complain that Bhutan’s tourism costs are high compared to other countries. We have decided to take their complaint seriously,” Nangaye told Bhutan Live.
Many international tourists are attracted to Bhutan, which is free from mechanical noise and rich in mountains and natural beauty. But being culturally largely religious and conservationist, Bhutan has not taken any favorable steps for foreign tourists in recent years.
However, since the corona epidemic, the country’s central bank has started to have a shortage of dollar reserves. The government of the country is paying attention to foreign tourists to fill this deficit.