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Third Reading on the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022

Posted on :23 June 2022

The National Assembly today conducted the Third Reading on the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022. The Chairperson of the Economics and Finance Committee, the member from Gangzur-Minjey submitted the Committee’s recommendation on the Bill. The Chairperson submitted that the Committee conducted various stakeholder meetings and discussions to review the Bill. The Bill was referred to the Committee on 20th June 2022 for further review.

The House deliberated on all sections under the 5 chapters of the Bill along with the Committee’s recommendation. The Committee made a recommendation on section 6 of the Bill regarding the transitional and saving clause proposing that the provisions under Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 and its Rules should apply till 31st December 2022,  notwithstanding section 4 of the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022.

The House resolved to retain section 6 as proposed by the Government in the draft Bill which states “Notwithstanding Section 4 of this Act, a tourist who had paid and confirmed the tour under the Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 on or before 20th June 2022 shall continue to benefit subject to conditions imposed under Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 and Rules thereof.” 

Therefore, the Tourism Levy Bill of Bhutan 2022 shall repeal the Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 as of 20th June 2022 with an exception for a tourist who had paid and confirmed the tour under the Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 on or before 20th June 2022, who shall continue to benefit subject to conditions imposed under Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020 and its Rules.

The Bill will be put to vote tomorrow as per the due legislative procedure.

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