Hon’ble Tengye Lyonpo Lekey Dorji launched the Package Pilgrimage Regulation 2017 and Market Price Information (MPI) for the 4th quarter of 2017 on November 24, 2017.
The regulation applies to Bhutanese licensed outbound tour operators who render pilgrimage services outside Bhutan for more than twenty-four hours or if overnight accommodation is provided as part of the package, and if the pilgrim has signed a package pilgrimage agreement with the operator. The regulation prescribes minimum standards, procedures and responsibilities of pilgrimage operators, pilgrims and relevant implementing agencies, and came into effect from 24th November 2017. The regulation was drafted in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and the Consumer Board.
MPI is an information on prices of essential commodities. It would be published periodically by Office of Consumer Protection under the Ministry mainly to enable consumers in making informed choices and provides them competitive advantage in the market. MPI contains the prices of 128 essential commodities of selected shops in six regional towns of Thimphu, Phuntsholing, Samdrup Jonkhar, Gelephu, Trongsa, and Monggar.
The Package Pilgrimage Regulation 2017 and the Market Price Information can be download below;