Date: March 24, 2016
By: Kinga Dema ,Kuensel/Asia News Network
If the spring season is an indication of international tourist arrivals in
Bhutan, the tourism industry is not in for a good year with the numbers not encouraging in the first quarter, from January to March.
Most tour operators recorded a drop in international tourist arrivals this spring season while hotels are complaining of low occupancy.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan refused to share the arrival figures, but tour operators and hoteliers said that there is not much improvement in arrivals this year compared with the same period last year.
Last year was no better. Despite rigorous marketing and promotional activities, Bhutan last year recorded a drop in international tourist arrivals.
It dropped by about 12 percent with about 51,000 arrivals. In 2014, the country recorded 58,022 international tourists. [FULL STORY]