Tourist arrivals dropped by 15 percent in 2009 from the year before, prompting people in the industry to call it one of the worst slumps in recent years. Arrivals fell to 23,480 in 2009, compared to 27,636 tourists in 2008, a decrease of 4,156 tourists.
In Bhutan, every district has a major Dzong. A Dzong has the office of the district governor. The district monastic body also resides in the Dzong. When visiting a Dzong, a Bhutanese will dress up formally, wearing all the appropriate regalia. A Bhutanese will never enter a Dzong in western clothes.
Other than Indian nationals, and Bangladeshi nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa. Bhutanese visas are issued only from Thimphu.
Zhiwa Ling is a fully Bhutanese owned luxury hotel in Paro. As a goodwill gesture from Zhiwa Ling, the professionals of the tourism industry (in Bhutan) were invited to spend the Saturday night (11 July) at their beautiful 45-room property in the upper reaches of the lush Paro valley. Such gestures are much appreciated. Thank you Zhiwa Ling.
Starting from the 1st of July 2009, the Tourism Council of Bhutan has announced the new peak season months, regular season (lean season) months, tariff (costs), and duration discounts.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) in 2005 publicized Bhutan through media and various other promotional efforts like films and travel writings. These helped in attracting more tourists into the country. Despite the increasing number of tourists visiting our country, the number of guides, who have been trained and licensed, have exceeded the demand in the market.
If the Paro International Airport is the second best in the world, it also qualifies as the world’s scariest runway.
A Druk Air aircraft, Airbus A319, along with scores of passengers was stranded at the Suvarnabhuni International Airport in Bangkok after hundreds of Thai anti-government protestors stormed the buildings and blocked the airport terminals in a bid to topple Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.