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 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, […]


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, […]


Acceptance of JCB Debit and Credit cards in Bhutan/ INR Prepaid Card

Acceptance of JCB Debit and Credit cards This is to kindly inform that today (26th September 2016) Bank of Bhutan (BoB) has launched Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) cards making it the first bank inn the country to accept cards (Debit and Credit) issued by Japan Credit Bureau International Company. With this launch, any BoB’s Point of […]


Invitation for Lunch at Ga-Wa Restaurant

This is to kindly inform that BTCL group of companies would like to invite all tour operators for a LUNCH on 15th September 2016 at 12.30 PM in their newly opened Ga-Wa Restaurant located at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu. Interested tour operators are kindly requested to confirm your participation at 77601560, 17656350, 77442800.


Visa copy for Tashichho Dzong

Visa copy (Tariff paying tourists) for entrance to Tashichho Dzong As you are aware that w.e.f. 1st September 2016, entrance fee of Nu. 300.00 per tourist for visitation to Tashichho Dzong will be introduced. Although entrance fee is not applicable to tariff paying tourists, you are required to show copy of tourist visa at the entrance […]


Revised Entry Ticket Rates for Takin Zoo

Please find below the revised rates for visiting Takin Zoo, Motithang, which will come into effect from 1st September 2016 Bhutanese: Nu. 50 Foreigner: Nu. 100 Students if accompanied by teachers: Nu. 10 Entry fee waiver for following categories: Seniro Citizen above 65 years Monks Children below 12 years Government guests if accompanied by protocol […]


Sponsorship for Royal Highlander Festival

As informed, the Royal Highlander Festival will be organised in Laya from 16th to 18th October 2016 to promote the sustianblelivelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation and exhibit the Highlands as a pride of Bhutan. The Festival will be a landmark activity of Gasa Dzongkhag’s vision of Good to Great Gasa, which is a vision inspired by […]


Expression of Interest for Road Side Amenities (RSA) and Suggestions

Please find the link below for the attached the list of possible Road Side Amenities for development identified by TCBS together with senior guides. The list is not finalised and if you have any suggestions including addition of new ones or alternative areas to those identified you are kindly requested to send it to ABTO […]