Brisk busi­ness for ho­tels as Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions fever grips Samtse

Business Bhutan - - Business - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Samtse

Vis­i­tors wish­ing to travel to Samtse these days may have to find their own ac­com­mo­da­tion, if they have none, as all the four ho­tels in the bor­der town of Samtse are oc­cu­pied thanks to the up­com­ing 111th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions.

All ho­tels in Samtse are al­ready booked till De­cem­ber 17 and most of the reser­va­tions have been done for De­cem­ber 15 to 18.

Ho­tel own­ers say the Samtse Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion has booked all the ho­tels for the vis­it­ing of­fi­cials from within and other Dzongkhags.

Sonam Ho­tel’s Pro­pri­etor, Dezang Dorji, said ho­tels these days have been busy in Samtse and the‘Food, Fun and Fair’ fes­ti­val’ which hap­pened in Dham­dum In­dus­trial Park from De­cem­ber 10 to 12 also in­creased the de­mand for ho­tels as the fes­ti­val had at­tracted hun­dreds of vis­i­tors.

Rooms of Sonam Ho­tel are booked from De­cem­ber 9 till 17. The ho­tel has 14 com­mer­cial rooms and the charge ranges from Nu 600 to Nu 700.

“There are no rooms for the walk-in cus­tomers,” Dezang Dorji said.

Sim­i­larly, rooms in Ho­tel Maitri are also booked from De­cem­ber 10 till 18. The ho­tel that was opened in 2017 has 10 rooms with rent rang­ing from Nu 600 to Nu 800. The ho­tel also has a deluxe room cost­ing Nu 1,000 a night.

The ho­tel’s Pro­pri­etor, Karun Giri, said the rooms for these days were al­ready booked ear­lier.

Mean­while, more than 1,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the 111th Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions. Samtse al­ready has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 45,000 peo­ple. Fur­ther, peo­ple from other dzongkhags are also ex­pected to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions.

Lo­cal lead­ers say that ev­ery­one wants to at­tend the event as it is his­toric.

Fur­ther, all the rooms at the Samtse Lodge are also booked from De­cem­ber

15 till 17 by the Samtse Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The rooms for other days are also booked. The ho­tel which has the max­i­mum num­ber of rooms has three apart­ments with kitchen and 24 nor­mal rooms. It costs Nu 2,500 a night for apart­ment, while room rent ranges be­tween Nu 800 to Nu 1,500 per night.

The pro­pri­etor said the re­quire­ments are high at such times when there are only four ho­tels with lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the town.

The Thuen­phel Ho­tel, lo­cated at the heart of the town, is also booked from De­cem­ber 14 till De­cem­ber 18.

The ho­tel has four king sized be­d­rooms and 10 twin bed­ded rooms, cost­ing Nu 1,500 for King sized bed­room with air con­di­tioner and Nu 1,000 for twin bed­ded rooms.

“The de­mand in­creases dur­ing such oc­ca­sions,” Phuntsho Wangdi, the pro­pri­etor said.

Mean­while, ho­tels are still re­ceiv­ing walk in in­quiries and phone calls for reser­va­tion even now. Ev­ery ho­tel re­ceives up to seven phone calls and in­quiries each day.

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