The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock
The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
Opinion

Opinion

Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

In Bhutan, tourists were once welcomed – now they are feared and face hostility

  • The tiny Himalayan kingdom has set a sustainable precedent with its tourism model, attracting ‘quality’ over quantity
  • But after a US arrival tested positive for Covid-19, visitors and tour guides have experienced a backlash

The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock
The Punakha Dzong, in Bhutan. The kingdom said last week that it has imposed a two-week ban on tourists after confirming its first case of the coronavirus on March 6. Photo: Shutterstock
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.