In a Dilemma
Bhutan, the Land of Gross National Happiness, is in a bind over whether to promote tourism and invite a negative impact on its pristine ecological environment or to let the opportunity go by.
Bhutan, a heaven on earth for tourists, has become one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world and is predicted to be even more costly in 2012.
This pristine Himalayan kingdom of snow-capped peaks and sacred valleys pursues a policy of “high-end, low-impact tourism,” in a deliberate attempt to keep its environment intact from carbon footprint.
Therefore, foreign tourists re- quired to book through licensed tour operators, a minimum high-season price of 200 dollars per day per person for an all-inclusive package including accommodation, food and transport is not surprising at all.