News & Events


Chhukha Tshechu Dates

This is to kindly inform that the Chhukha Tshechu festival date for 2017 is from 28th-30th October 2017 and that of 2018 is from 17th-19th October 2018. Please find updated festival dates for 2017 and 2018 your kind reference.


National Museum Closure

As per the National Museum of Bhutan letter dated 24th January 2017, the National Museum, Paro will remain closed on 28th and 29th January 2017 on the occasion of traditional day of offering and Annual Maintenance of back up generator/power supply in the museum respectively. Hence, concerned tour operators are requested to make an alternate […]


Chortenkora Festival Date

This is to kindly update that the correct date for Chortenkora festival is 12th and 28th March 2017 instead of 11th & 26th April 2017. Inconvenience caused is regretted.


Submission of List of Campsites and Birding Sites

This is in continuation to our email dated 8th December 2016 with regard to compilation of list of campsites including alternative camping grounds and list of Birding Sites for submission to Hon’ble Lyonpo, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests for protection and future tourism product development.  In this regard, we would like to inform that only one […]

Update on Meeting with Hon’ble Lyonpo, MoAF

Update on Meeting with Hon’ble Lyonpo, MoAF

The Association would like to inform and update that on 2nd December 2016 the ABTO Board Directors had a bilateral meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF). Such bilateral meetings are part of series of meetings planned with relevant agencies such as Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Economic […]

Wangdue Tshechu Date & Public holidays 2017

Wangdue Tshechu Date & Public holidays 2017

1. Public Holidays Please find public holidays for the year 2017 for your kind reference. 2. Wangdue Tshechu Date Please note that the updated tentative festival dates for Wangdue Tshechu Date is from 28th to 30th September 2017.


Update on Refund for tourist affected by road block

This is to update on the possible refund on royalty and no-show/ date change charges from the airlines. Few tour operators have submitted their list to ABTO, which the Association has compiled for submission to TCB and the Airlines with a request for facilitation. Kindly be informed that it would be the prerogative of the respective agencies […]


Awareness on Handling Emergency and Rescue

This is to kindly inform that as part of Safety in tourism , with financial support from Austrian Development Cooperation, Thimphu a day long awareness program on Handling Emergency and Rescue will be conducted in Thimphu and Paro on 4th or 5th November 2016. Therefore, we would like to request if interested tour operators or your staff (manager, […]


Middle Management Program in Tourism Management

This is to kindly inform that Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) and HWZ-University of Applied Sciences, Zurich (Switzerland) is pleased to announce the Phase IV of Bhutan Middle Management Tourism Program (BMMTP), commencing from January 2017. The Diploma of Advanced Studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management is 8 months program spread over two years and […]


Tourists affected by Road Blocks

The Association is aware that many clients of our tour operators has been affected by the recent road blocks especially at Trongsa. We are grateful to Department of Roads for trying their best to clear the road(s) and TCB for facilitating extension of visas/ permits with waiver of royalty for the days affected. As a case of force ma-jeure, […]