Institute of tourism and hospitality in Bhutan

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The royal institute of tourism and hospitality in Thimphu was formally inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in the presence of high officials and foreign diplomats yesterday.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck during the ceremony said, “Today we are witnessing the establishment of the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality that has come to bear the vision of excellence in the hospitality sector.’’

Kezang Wangdi, the director general of tourism council of Bhutan expressed deep gratitude to the queen mother and representatives of the Austrian development agency, chamber of commerce and tourism schools Salzburg.

Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuck, the acting prime minister and the minister of the ministry of economic affairs told Bhutan TODAY that the institution is very important, in that, the tourism and hospitality industry being the main contributors to the Bhutanese gross domestic product (GDP).

He further added that in order to provide quality services to the tourists,  a need for such high end state of the art institution was felt necessary keeping in line with the policy of high value low volume tourism.

“We can accommodate Bhutanese as well as foreign students to study in the institute, ‘he added. Besides education, the institute also provides employment.
Brigitte Oppinger Walchshofer, managing director of the Austrian Development Cooperation told Bhutan in terms of granting aid and cooperation, they have pledged 2.9 million Euros this year as grants, apart from soft loans and aids.

“Until 2013, 10 million Euros will be granted to Bhutan in grants, aids, soft loans and scholarships,’’ she added. The Queen Mother congratulated the team of designers, experts and consultants both from Austria and Bhutan, as well as the project steering and management teams who have worked on ensuring the success of this undertaking.

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