More countries are predicted to follow suit, charging sustainability fees on arrival
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will charge a tourism tax of US$200-a night when it reopens its borders on 23 September 2022.
The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) replaces an existing US$65 per day tax and will be the highest tourist levy in the world, according to news reports.
Experts have said that the tax could prove prohibitive for those planning to visit the country on extensive trekking trips, which contribute to local remote communities, while potentially encouraging whistle-stop tours that are more environmentally damaging.
Jenny Southan, chief executive of travel trends platform Globetrender, has predicted that more countries will follow suit, charging ‘sustainability’ fees on arrival.