Bhutan a safe tourist destination: TCB survey

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Tuesday, August, 7th,2018 in News. No Comments

Nine out of every 10 international tourists, almost, have voted Bhutan as a safe tourist destination, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) exit survey 2017. Similarly, about 91 percent of the regional tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives said Bhutan was a safe tourist destination. About 1,428 international visitors were surveyed at the Paro […]

Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji is Swiss Honorary Consul

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, August, 3rd,2018 in News. No Comments

Coinciding with the 727th national day celebrations of Switzerland, the office of the Honorary Consul of Switzerland was opened in Thimphu yesterday. Former minister Kinzang Dorji, who has been serving as the president of the Bhutan-Switzerland Society, was appointed the first Honorary Consul. The relationship between the two countries flourished from the friendship between Her […]

43 days in Bhutan

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, June, 15th,2018 in News. No Comments

Chuck Reed arrived in Bhutan in May to better understand the country and Buddhism. Five years ago, the 66-year-old American from West Virginia stumbled on a Netflix movie about Bhutan. It was the name Bhutan that had him watch the movie. And he figured where his next destination would be. Reed stayed in the country […]

Laya’s traditional hat under threat of disappearance

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Monday, May, 21st,2018 in News. No Comments

Laya’s traditional bamboo hat, once widely worn by its women, is fast disappearing. There aren’t many weavers left around now and the women too seldom wear their the hats. The hat is an integral part of the highlander’s culture. In the past, Layap women wore it every day. But now it is worn only during special occasions […]

Disable friendly restroom opens at Tamchoe

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, January, 19th,2018 in News. No Comments

The first disable friendly highway restroom opened today at Tamchoe, Paro. The toilet built with a traditional architecture has user friendly basins for those on wheelchairs with a hand rail, a ramp and wider door. The toilets also have sensor taps. Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) began the construction work in mid-June last year. A TCB official […]

Phobjikha residents support black-necked crane conservation

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Friday, December, 8th,2017 in News. No Comments

A majority of Phobjikha residents support conservation of black-necked cranes. According to a study on conservation of black-necked cranes and its perceived tradeoffs in Phobjikha Valley, 75 percent of the 222 respondents in Phobjikha agreed conservation of the cranes while 27 percent felt that interference due to conservation was not severe at all. A graduate […]

Record tourist arrivals in 2016

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, May, 4th,2017 in News. No Comments

With 209,570 tourists, including regional tourists, visiting the country, Bhutan recorded the highest tourist arrivals last year. Tourist arrivals shot up 35 percent last year, compared to the previous high of 16 percent in 2015, which was the highest growth percentage in the last five years, according to the recently released Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2016. […]

His Majesty The King in Punakha

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, April, 27th,2017 in News. No Comments

His Majesty The King yesterday visited the homes and met with the people of Sirigang in Kabjisa, Punakha, who were affected by a windstorm last week. The windstorm on April 18 damaged more than 300 houses in Punakha. The government’s immediate relief efforts were supported by the dzongkhag, armed forces, and DeSuups. The affected households, […]

Yonphula airport to be ready by next month

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, March, 16th,2017 in News. No Comments

The domestic airport at Yonphula in Kanglung, Trashigang, will be completed by next month according to the Department of Air Transport (DAT). The airport is expected to be operational from May provided the national airline Drukair choses to operate to the airport, said DAT director, Karma Wangchuk. The airport was supposed to be completed by […]

Air Services Agreement signed with UAE

By: Tashi TOBGAY on Thursday, February, 16th,2017 in News. No Comments

Aviation: Bhutanese airlines can now fly to the UAE following the signing of an Air Services Agreement (ASA) between Bhutan and UAE on February 13. The ASA was signed between the information and communications ministry’s secretary, Dasho Karma Wangchuk Penjor, and the director general of UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi in […]