Tourist taxes continue to pop up across the international travel landscape, and Bhutan – known as the happiest country in the world – has unveiled the steepest yet. To travel through Bhutan you’ll need to budget for an extra US$299 ($291) per day in tourist tax.
Dr Tandi Dorji, Bhutan’s foreign minister and chairman of the Tourism Council of Bhutan, said: “Covid-19 has allowed us to reset, to rethink how the sector can be best structured and operated so that it not only benefits Bhutan economically but socially as well while keeping carbon footprints low.
“In the long run, our goal is to create high-value experiences for visitors, and well-paying and professional jobs for our citizens.”
The new figure is more than triple the amount that travellers used to pay.
However, tourists will no longer be required to join a package tour, a previous requirement, and can decide their own itineraries.
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