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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.

May 21, 2015

Impact of earthquake in Nepal on the tourism industry in Bhutan

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. […]
May 4, 2015

Declining Thai Tourists

2015 saw declining Thai tourists compared to 2014 when Thai tourists topped the chart on Bhutan tourists arrival. 2015 was declared are Bhutan-Thailand 25 years of diplomatic friendship year and […]
May 1, 2015

Earthquake in Bhutan

The recent earthquake in Bhutan was the ripple of the severe earthquake in Nepal. Experts long warned of a severe earthquake in the Himalayan region based on the movement of […]
April 22, 2015

The Royal Manas National Park

The Royal Manas National Park in southern Bhutan bordering the Indian state of Assam is the oldest nature preserve in Bhutan. This preserve has more than hundred species of rare […]