Tourist ar­rivals peak in 2016

Business Bhutan - - Business - Lucky Wangmo from Thim­phu

Tourist ar­rivals peaked last year at 209,570 and a record 35% in­crease as com­pared to 16% in 2015, ac­cord­ing to the re­cent an­nual re­port re­leased by Tourism Coun­cil of Bhutan.

Though in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals grew only by 9%, the re­gional mar­ket shot up by 50%.

In­dian ar­rivals top the 20 ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sources fol­lowed by Chi­nese, Bangladeshis and Amer­i­cans.

The re­port re­veals that of the to­tal 176,654 leisure trav­el­ers to Bhutan in 2016, al­most 65% were from In­dia, 5% from China and 4% from Bangladesh and the USA.

Of the to­tal, 84% were leisure ar­rivals, 5% for of­fi­cial work, 3% for busi­ness and 7% for other rea­sons.

The top 20 ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sources ac­counted for al­most 90% of to­tal in­ter­na­tional leisure ar­rivals in 2016.

The re­port also states that the high num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals dur­ing sum­mer sea­son could be at­trib­uted to the Bhutan-Ja­pan friend­ship of­fer com­mem­o­rat­ing more than three decades of diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

More than half of in­ter­na­tional tourists (56.1%) were from the Asia/Pa­cific re­gion fol­lowed by 26% from Europe, 16% from North Amer­ica and rest from other re­gions. Most tourists trav­eled in group size of two in­di­vid­u­als which ac­counted for 21%, while 8% were group size of one and four and was fol­lowed by group size of three persons (6%).

More than 60% of the tourists were women. The age range of vis­i­tors was mostly be­tween 26 -55 years (53%), fol­lowed by 12% be­tween 56 – 60 years and 29% were above 60 years of age.

Paro and Thim­phu had al­most equal num­ber of vis­i­tors, amount­ing to 27% and 26% re­spec­tively, fol­lowed by Pu­nakha with 22%. The three Dzongkhags to­gether amounts to more than 76% of the to­tal bed nights in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, gross earn­ings in 2016 were USD 73.74mn, which is an in­crease of 1% from the pre­vi­ous year. The to­tal gross earn­ings con­sti­tute USD 20.28mn of roy­alty or sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment fee con­tri­bu­tions to the Royal Govern­ment of Bhutan. Visa fees from tourists con­sti­tuted about USD 2.15mn.

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