Thimphu Tshechu records fall in tourist arrivals
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.