Bhutan recently introduced a new system called 'Sustainable Development Fee' for regional tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives. Starting from July 2020, regional tourists from these countries have to pay USD 16.85 per day for their stay in Bhutan.
This new law comes as a result of tourists disturbing the country's ecology during their trips. Bhutan received a footfall of more than 2, 00,000 regional tourists from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives in 2018 and 2019.
Sustainable Development Fee is also an opportunity for Bhutan’s government to earn good revenue. According to the data published in media reports, in 2018, Bhutan earned USD 26.29 million through Sustainable Development.