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POSTED | 10:28 AM | 15-02-2015

Indian and Thai tourists top Bhutan’s visitors list

Indian and Thai tourists were the dominant visitors to Bhutan in 2014, according to the records maintained by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

A total of 62,129 Indian tourists arrived in the country in 2014, followed by 12,105 Thais. There were 8,111 visitors from China, placing them in the third position, followed by 7,291 American tourists and 2,971 from Germany.

According to the record maintained by the TCB, 133,480 foreign tourists visited Bhutan in 2014 compared with 116,224 tourists in 2013. October saw the highest number of tourists in both years.

TCB spokesperson Damcho Rinzin told The Bhutanese that the trend of tourist arrivals is not stable as there are always the ups and downs. “As a national tourism organization there are two important things we are doing; we are inviting international media to come during the low seasons, like in December, January, February, June, July and August and write articles about how beautiful Bhutan is, and what you can do during the seasons,” Damcho Rinzin said.

He said having new tourism products, like the Takin festival and nomadic festival during the low season and hosting the international tour operators to make familiarization trips in Bhutan are the ways to promote and enhance the tourism sector.

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