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Five high-end hotels in Bhutan recognized

Nov 28, 2019

dusitD2 hotel in Bhutan bagged six accolades including the Best Italian Cuisine in Asia at the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel awards last month in Malaysia.

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel is regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in global hospitality. The globally trusted awards initiative is to reward outstanding hotel, spa and restaurant experiences.

dusitD2 hotel in Bhutan also received three silver awards at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) held in Sri Lanka in September this year. The SATA recognizes the best of South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry since 2016. The prestigious annual event honours organizations and individuals in a wide range of categories.

“At dusitD2 Yarkay, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. That is why the testament of hard work is shown in the nine awards that we have received. When they work together as a team as you see at the backdrop, the Thuenpa Puenzhi, together you can achieve great things,” Sonam Maekay Penjor, the General Manager of dusitD2 Yarkay, said.

He also added, “Awards like this should re-enhance us to always be mindful of our customers and to be appreciative their loyalty to us. We have won the best Italian cuisine in Asia, we would like to see many more awards which will highlight the property, not just in Bhutan but also in the region like His Majesty has always said, although we are a small country, what we lack in numbers, we must make up in talent, hard work and a sense of purpose to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum. So I think if each of us takes this responsibility very seriously, we can all excel and compete with the best in the world.”

Similarly, four other hotels including Terma Linca Resort and Spa, Zhiwaling Heritage, Le Meridien Thimphu and Taj Tashi hotels also bagged silver awards at SATA. Terma Linca Resort and Spa won the leading boutique hotel/ resort and leading family resort awards. Zhiwaling Heritage in Paro won the leading eco-friendly resort and leading heritage hotel. Le Meridien Thimphu won the leading business hotel and leading meeting and conference hotel awards. And Taj Tashi won the leading luxury hotel/resort award.

According to the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB), such achievements by the hotels in Bhutan are an indication that the standards of hotels in the country are improving garnering international recognition. The HRAB says such success will go a long way in improving the standards of hotels in Bhutan. The association also believes more of such achievements are inevitable focusing on ‘high value, low volume’ policy.

Today there are over 250 tourist standard hotels in the country.

Tshering Dendup

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