Bhutan Tourism Update - Sustainability.
Bhutan is A Model for Sustainability.
Did you know Bhutan actually has ‘sustainability’ written into its Constitution?
And all thanks to the far-sighted and revered 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, or K4 as he is affectionately known.
K4 decided the ‘happiness of the people’ was more important than GDP. And so ‘GNH’ – Gross National Happiness was born.
GNH consists of 4 pillars and these are mandated when Government policy is formulated and legislation enacted:
1. Sustainable development
2. Environmental Protection
3. Cultural Protection
4. Good Governance And it works beautifully, as any past traveller to Bhutan will attest.
Including enhancing your well-being in Bhutan!
Plus Bhutan has other enviable successes in sustainability such as:
- The world’s only carbon-negative country
- Over 70% forest cover & the record for the most trees planted in one hour.
- A healthy increase in wild Tiger population
- A ban on plastic bags
- A ban on smoking
- Clean air and magnificent scenery
Bhutan’s tourism vision statement is ‘High Value, Low Impact’. …. and tourist visitors contribute directly to Bhutan‘s sustainability by way of the SDF.
That is the Sustainability Development Fee of US$65 per person per night built into tour costs.
The SDF provides Bhutanese with these wonderful benefits:
- Free education up to university
- Free healthcare
- Tourism infrastrastructure
- Poverty reduction
Beautiful and oh so wise Bhutan. A true privilege to visit!
Take the road less travelled with Bhutan & Beyond.
King 4 crowning King 5
Article by James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert
James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years & has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale travel genres.
James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.