Thim­phu Tshechu records fall in tourist ar­rivals

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The num­ber of in­ter­na­tional tourists vis­it­ing Bhutan dropped by 14.62 per­cent as of Au­gust this year. Only about 3,945 tourists booked to ar­rive for Thim­phu Tshechu as com­pared to 5,280 tourists showed up for the event last year.

Septem­ber es­pe­cially for Bhutanese are a month they long wait for as it is in this month that they get to celebrate blessed rainy day which is of cul­tural im­por­tance. For the peo­ple of Thim­phu there is so much they need to be cheer­ful about Septem­ber and that is Thim­phu Tshechu which not only brings in joy­ous mo­ments to the peo­ple but also brings in visi­tors from all over the world.

Bhutan re­ceives tourists from all over the world ev­ery year. Bhutan re­ceived a to­tal of 99,709 visi­tors as of Au­gust 2015 of which 32,877 were in­ter­na­tional visi­tors and 66,832 were re­gional visi­tors. Bhutan saw an over­all in­crease of 30.83 per cent, say the Tourism Coun­cil of Bhutan. Visi­tors from In­dia, mal­adies and Bangladesh are con­sid­ered as re­gional tourist and are ex­empted from pay­ment of USD 250 and USD 200 dur­ing the peak and lean sea­son as min­i­mum daily tar­iff.

The min­i­mum daily pack­age for tourists trav­el­ling dur­ing the lean sea­son in a group of 3 per­sons or more is USD $200 per per­son per night for the months of Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, June, July, Au­gust, and De­cem­ber. How­ever dur­ing the peak sea­son USD $250 is ap­pli­ca­ble per per­son per night for the months of March, April, May, Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber, and Novem­ber.

The num­ber of in­ter­na­tional visi­tor dropped down to 14.62 per cent. How­ever, it is ev­i­dent that the in months of June, July and Au­gust 2014, the Bhutan Thai­land of Friend­ship Of­fer in brought in a to­tal of 8842 Thai visi­tors com­pared to only 726 for the same months in 2013.

On the other hand Bhutan saw in­crease of 77.25 per cent com­pared to 2014 till Au­gust with a to­tal of 66,832 re­gional visi­tors in 2015.

As of now, it seems that the num­ber of tourist vis­it­ing the coun­try for Tshechu has gone down com­pared to the num­bers in 2014. TCB says that this year a to­tal of 3,945 have been booked to ar­rive dur­ing Thim­phu Tshechu.

For the same pe- riod last year, a to­tal of 5280 visi­tors showed up which very clearly show dras­tic drop in the num­ber of tourists.

The pos­si­ble jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the dras­tic drop in the num­ber of tourists could be the af­fect and af­ter­math of fre­quent earth quakes in Nepal.

Bangkok is the pre­ferred choice of en­try point and cir­cuit des­ti­na­tions for visi­tors com­ing to Bhutan. Due to deadly bomb­ing of Bangkok’s Erawan shrine on 17th Au­gust, the visi­tors are alarmed and might have given up on com­ing to Bhutan via Bangkok.

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