Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly-regarded destination among discerning travellers. It costs an official USD 250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom, an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.
Travel to Bhutan and you could fit this data. Travellers visiting Bhutan are mostly aged 45 and above, with the most dominant age group being over 60 years, and most were well educated, according to a survey carried out last year by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. In 2011, 64,028 international travellers visited Bhutan.
Bhutan received 64,028 tourists in 2011, recording a 56.65 percent growth, the highest in the Bhutanese tourism history, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s annual report for 2011.
The Bhutanese tourism industry earned USD 47.68m from tourists last year, up by 32.52 percent from the previous year. Of this, The royalty generated for the country was USD 14.89m.
Tourism Council officials said these earnings do not include revenue from other sectors like airline, handicraft, and out-of-pocket spending.
Your dream trip to Bhutan only takes shape once you have paid your local tour operator or travel agent who will arrange everything for your visit to Bhutan. Most tour operators will insist on full payment upfront, and rightly so as per the tourism guidelines laid by the government.
The Royal Wedding of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan will be held on October 13, 2011, with the celebrations covering three days, from October 13 to 15, 2011. The Royal Wedding will not be a media show and the celebrations will not be an ostentatious event of pomp and elaborate festivity. It will be a sacred ceremony and a special occasion for the Bhutanese people.
Bhutan is a landlocked country, approximately 300 km long and 150 km wide, with an overall size of 38,394 square kilometres. It is situated along the southern slopes of the Himalayan range, bounded by Tibet in the North, India from the other sides.
Stepping out of its self imposed isolation, Bhutan felt the need to open up the skies. And so, the concept of a national airline was born on April 5, 1981. Druk Air began operations on February 11, 1983, from Paro, a picturesque valley in western Bhutan, a 65 km drive away from the capital, Thimphu. At the time, Paro had a little airstrip for helicopters.