High Value, Low Volume TourismFebruary 23, 2012 by: admin
Bhutan is probably one of the best examples of sustainable eco- tourism because the country is committed to the concept of independence between the nature and the man.
One of the Pillars of Gross National Happiness GNH is the ‘Conservation of Environment’ which is expressed in the unique development philosophy of Bhutan. Conservation of Environment is one of the most important pillars and therefore, the government policy of High value low Volume tourism asks every visitor to be sensitive to environmental system. Bhutan has more than 72% forest cover and the National Environment Commission of Bhutan in cooperation of department of forestry has given more importance in the preservation of forest cover.
Tourism in Bhutan may be important as the revenue earner to support the country’s free education and health services yet it recognizes the importance of nature conservation for the future generation.
The government is also determined to safeguard its social, cultural and traditional system in the rapidly changing world to ensure that the people maintain the dignity against the onslaught of globalization and modernization.
Bhutan opened its door to Tourism only in 1974 and the government adapted to cautious tourism policy from the beginning to avoid the negative impacts that mass tourism could have on small country like Bhutan. The High Value, low Volume Tourism asks visitors to pay a minimum of United States dollar 250 a day, an inclusive of payment for accommodation, meals, guide, travel and tourism development fund.
Tourism Council of Bhutan is clear in their stand that the high value low volume tourism is right policy because Bhutan is too small for mass tourism.