By the end of next three years, government is committed to increase tourist visit to east by 20 percent.
As the government had pledges to set a target for tourist arrivals to 20 percent in the east with consideration of the domestic air services and widening of the east-west highway. The tourist visit till now is only about 4 percent to the east but by the end of next three years, government is committed to tourist visit to east by 20 percent.
During the 15th meet the press session last Friday, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said that the number of the tourist visiting east and south is very low with just about 4 percent, and as such the government has commit- ted to increase the tourist arrival throughout the country.
Lyonchhen said that government has committed to take at least 20 percent of the tourists visiting to the east and is committed to stand by the commitment. As of now, barely 4 percent of tourists visiting in the east and by the end of three years from now, we expect to increase the number of tourists visiting the east by till 20 percent. We have lot of work to do.
To increase the number of tourist visiting in the east, Lyonchhen said that many things have to be done, for instance; hotels, tourist products, tracks, and many others but most importantly we have to ensure to have proper communication like roads.
Since with the ongoing widening of east west highway, Lyonchhen added that, the widening of the roads is going to hamper but we have to do to allow the tourist to enjoy the road, we want them not just to go to the east to see the east but also to drive on the beautiful road.
Besides that to attract more number of tourists, Lyonchhen said that for domestic airlines, government is looking very seriously and scheduled of airplane flying to Bumthang but for the Yonphula airport, it is very inadequate we have to rebuild and renovate the whole airport and it is going to take sometimes. When we start helicopter services that are going to help, we expect many more tourists.
Our target is to increase tourist’s arrivals throughout the country not just in west, south, east or central. In terms of tourism, Lyonchhen said that they are also promoting domestic tourism focusing on the spirituality, culture, wellbeing, adventure, rafting, trekking, and biking. We have lot of potential that has not yet tapped, said Lyonchhen.
Lyonchhen further said that by the end of the three years, the govern- ment aims to increase the tourist arrivals to the east from barely 4 percent to 20 percent.
Lyonchhen also highlighted on the starting of services of the two helicopters, where on the first priority look for the private entity to procure helicopters, or either through Foreign Direct Investment or ultimate option to buy by the government and start the services.
Lyonchhen also added that the identification of the 11 trekking routes is under process spearheaded by the Tourism Council of Bhutan in consultation with the Dzongkhag authority as one of the factors in promoting the tourism.