Impact of earthquake in Nepal on the tourism industry in Bhutan is being felt slowly. 2015 might see a sharp decline in the number of dollar paying tourists visiting Bhutan. Of late many tour operators in Bhutan have seen bulk cancellations especially from the Asian market.
Many Chinese agents who combine tours in Nepal with Bhutan has cancelled most of their tours. Bhutan being a small country most western tourists combine Bhutan with several other countries and Nepal being one. With the devastating earthquake in Nepal most western tourists have postponed their trip or chosen some other destination.
There are rumours of few hundred cancellations and the number might go up depending on whether people are still confident to travel in the Himalayan region. The tourists number might continue to decline until people are confident again to travel in the Himalayan region. The memory of the earthquake is still fresh and several earthquakes and after shocks in Nepal after the devastating earthquake few weeks back has shaken the confidence of the people for now.
With permanent damage to most UNISCO recognized heritage sites in Nepal fully or partially damaged it might take Nepal several years to rebuild. Hope Nepal adopts more stringent policies for better quality structures.
Bhutan Government has been educating people on earthquake for the past several years. School children do mock earthquake drills in schools from time to time.