Bhutan decreases daily tourist fees to woo more visitors

Bhutan. A picturesque view of Bhutan's capital Thimpu. Photo Courtesy: Unsplash


IBNS: The Bhutanese government has announced its decision to reduce sustainable development fees for dollar-paying tourists in an attempt to revive the tourism sector in the Himalayan nation.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment announced a 50 per cent discount on the prevailing SDF of USD 200 for US dollar-paying tourists visiting the country.

After the move was announced, the effective SDF with the discount will now be USD 100 per person per day.

Another change is the 50 percent discount on the SDF rates applied to children aged between 6 and 12 years for US dollar-paying children visiting as tourists, reports Kuensel.

“The 24-hour SDF waiver for tourists staying in the border towns will continue,” the ministry stated as quoted by the Bhutanese newspaper.

The new changes will come into effect from September 1 and will remain effective till August 31, 2027.