Development of a Tourism Circuit Plan for Mongar, Lhuentse and Trashiyangtse



Contract partner: Gross National Happiness Commission (GNH Commission), Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) Country: Bhutan Funding amount: € 109.120,00 Project start: 01.11.2014 End: 31.12.2015

Short Description:

Overall goal


The project will assist the Tourism Council of Bhutan to increase the current number of tourists travelling to six Eastern districts from currently 7.850 by 50 percent and to identify potential horizontal and vertical tourism related value chains and pertinent employment and business opportunities for women and men Eastern Bhutan. An international and a national tourism expert will carry out a thorough assessment in order to develop a comprehensive Tourism Development and Implementation Plan for the Eastern circuit including the districts Mongar, Lhuentse and Trashiyangtse. The decentralised, participatory tourism-planning approach includes the local communities in the development process of new, socially and environmentally sustainable tourism products.


Main results of the project are:

- a comprehensive Circuit Tourism Development Plan for Circuit 1 Mongar, Lhuentse, Trashiyangtse

- the review of the already existing Circuit Plan 2 for Trashigang, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar

- a detailed implementation plan for both circuits and

- potential areas for further support through the ADC.


The main beneficiaries are: Tourism Council of Bhutan; Districts of Mongar, Lhuntse and Trasiyangtse; Districts of Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel and Trashigang; Tourism stakeholders, tourists and local communities. The study will identify the possible beneficiaries who will gain from the tourism activities in the proposed areas out of the total residents of 192,172.


Tourism development in Bhutan is impeded by concentration of tourist visitation in the Western Districts and to some extent in Central Bhutan and by tourism peak seasons in spring and autumn. Eastern Bhutan has a good potential for tourism development with its vast natural and cultural resources and the possibility to spread tourism throughout the year.


The contribution is in line with the Austria - Bhutan Country Strategy 2014-2018 and projected under the 11th Five Year Plan of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

project number 2778-00/2014
source of funding OEZA
sector Tourismus
tied
modality
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