Bhutan ends free entry for Indian tourists, National assembly clears Rs. 1200/day sustainable devpt fee for regional tourists from India, Bangladesh, Maldives. Reporting @the_hinduhttps://t.co/iUtVJ4zpZV— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) February 5, 2020
This fee is definitely lower than the $65 charged to other foreign tourists, who also have to cough up a compulsory flat "cover charge" of $250 per day.
In an interview with The Hindu, Dorji Dhradul, Bhutan's Tourism Council Director said:
The idea of the SDF was to provide better facilities for regional tourists. The levy of SDF to regional tourists will help in ensuring an exclusive experience to all tourists which is the intent of our tourism policy of high value, low volume.
People on social media also agree with the Bhutanese government and their new tourism policy that is aimed at preserving the environment, culture and heritage.
Though it will hit tourism in Bhutan , one must appreciate their stand for environment vs money. Budget tourism was creating huge stress on this small Himalayan kingdom which envisions GDHappiness vs GDP #bhutan #tourism #environment https://t.co/XcVnoKwTy3— Dr SUMIT KESARKAR (@sumitkesarkar) February 5, 2020
Good.— Vivek Prasad 🇮🇳 (@Mallufideintent) February 5, 2020
Bhutan must prioritize sustainability.
Otherwise, it may go the way of many other places in the world, especially in India, which have been destroyed by tourism led influx of people beyond their coping and carrying capacity. https://t.co/ulkzBs3m2W
Bhutan definitely understands the importance of preserving the ecology and the environment.