Hoteliers for Tourist boom over the years

Bhutan ultimate gateway to tourist destinations received success inflow of travelers booming economy.

The number of tourist hotels certified by the Tourism council of Bhutan (TCB) has increased over the last four years. Going by what has been reflected in the State of the Nation Report, 2017, from 62 hotels in 2013, the number spiked to 116 last year.

According to TCB, this is due to good business opportunity in tourism and an indication of success in tourism sector.

TCB officials said the increase in the number of certified tourist hotels has also added revenue to the government’s coffer and help provide gainful employment opportunities in the country. Such successful developments also show that Bhutanese do have the capacity to invest in the hospitality industry.

The TCB certified hotels not only include high-end resorts but also homestays especially in rural areas.

“If the hotels are not certified by TCB, the travel agents are not allowed to bring international tourists to the hotels. If certified then, we can host international tourists which help us to boost our business,” said the Proprietor of Hotel Migmar in Thimphu , Kezang Dorji.

Some other hoteliers also outlined similar opinions.

“When TCB gives us the rating, there are guidelines along with it. So we follow the guidelines which are precise in terms of requirements in the hotels,” said Ratu, the General Manager of Hotel Jomolhari in Thimphu.

Hotels with three to five star ratings can accommodate international tourists. Tourism Council evaluates the star ratings once after every three years to ensure quality services and facilities.

“For example, if it is inside the room, we examine the size of the room and also look at environmental friendly practices. We then take into account services provided,” said TCB’s Media Spokesperson, Damcho Rinzin. “We have about eight criteria and within that 8 criteria, there are many other sub criteria that our pool of assessors, experts from different fields assess tourist accommodation facilities. And then ratings are done.”

The system to rate the hotels was started in 2010 to uphold the tourism policy of ‘High Value Low Impact.’ TCB provides trainings and fiscal incentives to hoteliers to expand their newfound knowledge related to hospitality services. Meanwhile, Bhutan is seeing an increasing number of tourists every year.

In 2015, some 155,000 tourists came to Bhutan. The number increased to over 200,000 last year. For many tourists, Bhutan is considered as an ultimate getaway.

Lobzang Dorji

Related Posts

Seeing and experiencing Real Bhutan

Yes, we have deep respect for those tourists, who visit the places and observe the real festivals with the natives and...

Jun 06, 2017 10:31

Annual mega trade fair with thematic exhibition on ‘Made in...

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its seventh annual international trade fair at the...

Sep 02, 2017 11:34

Government to grip GST dialogue with India

The recent Composition Scheme of India under GST brought impact hence government looks forward for negotiation with...

Aug 06, 2017 19:16

Pasakha industries resume exports

Following a week-long halt in exports due to Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation hassles, industries in Pasakha...

Jul 29, 2017 16:48

Broom cultivation thrives in Sarpang

A growing number of farmers in Sarpang have taken up broom cultivation over the years. Currently, there are seven...

Jun 09, 2017 18:25



Annual mega trade fair with thematic exhibition on ‘Made in Bhutan’ from 14th to 18th September

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its seventh annual international trade fair at the Changlingmithang stadium parking in...

Sep 02, 2017 11:34

Hoteliers for Tourist boom over the years

Bhutan ultimate gateway to tourist destinations received success inflow of travelers booming economy.

Aug 06, 2017 19:35
Continue to the Business Arrow


“The measure of a great country is how it looks after its most vulnerable people”

UN’s resident coordinator and resident representative of UNDP, Gerald Daly, speaks to Kuensel’s Tshering Palden on UN and Bhutan’s...

Sep 09, 2017 21:53

WHO presents citation to Bhutan for eliminating measles

Bhutan and the Maldives became the first two countries to eliminate measles in the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) before the regional...

Sep 09, 2017 21:40
Continue to the News Arrow


“I wanted to try”

A retired soldier, Wangda is experimenting growing crops that were not grown in Wangkha in the past

Aug 24, 2017 16:31

Exploring the alternative

To put it aptly, rural people have access to banks, but no access to loans or finance. Perhaps, it’s this notion that hydropower and tourism...

Aug 21, 2017 15:07
Continue to the Features Arrow


Olympic Council of Asia meets to enhance cooperation

Aug 25, 2017 19:39

Bhutan prepares to face Palestine

Going by the performance of the two in the last five games, Bhutan has a draw and a win against Bangladesh in AFC Asian qualifier in 2016,...

Aug 24, 2017 16:25
Continue to the Sports Arrow


Green is Good

The Pedestrians’ Day was a significant one. Not just because people walked to offices on that particular day. It was significant because the...

Aug 26, 2017 17:03

Fate of the print publications?

The market situation in the country, costly print edition, maintaining nationwide reach, and professionals required to keep the paper...

Aug 25, 2017 19:25
Continue to the Opinion Arrow