Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is an autonomous body that controls and regulates the travel and tourism industry in Bhutan. It was established as Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) when the industry experienced the effects of liberalization and privatization initiatives. With the passage of time TAB became Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. TCB got its current name after the need for a multi-sectoral approach towards tourism development came up and it was sent to the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
TCB aims to establish a safe, secure and healthy environment for visitors who travel to Bhutan. It promotes and encourage private sector investment in the tourism industry. TCB further facilitates and nourishes the traveller relations and experience. Above all, TCB endeavours to promote tourism as an important national priority and mobilize adequate resources for its development.
Who can be its Member
The tour operators, hotels and tour guides are the entities that can be a part of the initiative taken by TCB. But, to do so, the aspiring company should fit in the criteria and requirement of TCB.
Being the autonomous body overseen by the Prime Minister, TCB is responsible for formulating, implementing and updating a national tourism policy and strategy in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Besides that, TCB develops and implements relevant tourism instruction and regulatory measures towards sustainable utilization of natural and cultural resources.