Art for Tourism Day

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Stu­dents from schools in Thim­phu par­tic­i­pated in the art com­pe­ti­tion or­ga­nized by the Tourism Coun­cil of Bhutan ( TCB) to ob­serve the World Tourism Day, last Sun­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion was themed on ‘ One bil­lion tourists, one bil­lion op­por­tu­ni­ties’. Stu­dents from dif­fer­ent lev­els school­ing com­peted in var­i­ous cat­e­gories of art with re­spec­tive themes.

‘ Buy lo­cal and re­spect lo­cal cul­ture’ was themed for the stu­dents of higher sec­ondary schools while com­peti­tors from the mid­dle sec­ondary schools pitched their art on the idea of ‘ save the energy’. Am­a­teur artists from lower sec­ondary schools com­peted in the cat­e­gory of ‘ pro­tect her­itage’.

The event was graced by Dasho Dr Sonam Ten­zin, Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Home & Cul­tural Af­fairs, who also awarded the prizes to the win­ners. He said that the in­take of tour- ists are lim­ited fear­ing that in­flux of tourists will erode our cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, and in­flu­ence the youth of Bhutan. How­ever, ar­rival of tourists in the coun­try has also brought vast de­vel­op­ment and cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Dam­cho Rinzin of TCB, the World Tourism Day is an an­nual event cel­e­brated world­wide on 27th Septem­ber to high­light and cre­ate aware­ness on tourism’s con­tri­bu­tion to and its so­cial, cul­ture, and en­vi­ron­ment, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic val­ues. It is also to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the tourism sec­tor cre­ates in em­pow­er­ing so­ci­eties across the globe.

Stu­dents cre­ated bril­liant arts based on var­i­ous themes which per­fectly suited the cel­e­bra­tion of the day.

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