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Motion moved to institute special and target measures to promote tourism for balanced regional development

Posted on :18 January 2019

The Member from Dewathang-Gomdar constituency moved the motion to institute special and targeted measures to promote tourism for balanced regional development. The Members said that although tourism has benefited the country in terms of revenue and employment generation, only a handful of Dzongkhags have reaped the benefits. In view of the above, the Member moved that the House adopt to: 1. Government to explore possibility of introducing direct flights from Guwahati to Yonphula, and 2. Introduce regulations for entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nanglam and Panbang while ensuring security concerns by incorporating conditions that the tourists use Bhutanese vehicles and guides to move around, Currently, regional tourists are not allowed to enter from other than Phuentsholing.

 

The House, in general, agreed on the need to promote tourism and balanced regional development in the country and deliberated in details the advantages and risks of opening up additional entry and exit points for tourists.

 

The House passed the motion to explore possibilities of introducing direct flights from Guwahati to Yonphula, Bumthang and Gelephu with 40 Yes Votes and 3 No Votes out of 43 Members present and voting. The government is to carry out consultations with relevant stakeholders such as the civil aviation authority and the airlines.

 

The House also passed the second motion to introduce regulations for entry and exit of regional tourists though the border towns of Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nanglam and Panbang while ensuring security concerns by incorporating conditions that the tourists use Bhutanese vehicles and guides to move around with 40 Yes votes and 2 No Votes and 1 Abstain  out of 43 Members present and voting. In so doing, the government is to consider entry and exit points through Lhamoizingkha and Jomotshangkha as well.

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