The Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality is a modern tourism and hotel management institute jointly funded by the governments of Austria and Bhutan. It is situated in one of the best campus in Thimphu. It is located in Upper Motithang, Thimphu and has a beautiful and serene environment befitting for learning activities. It has modern state-of-art facilities and aspires to be the regional centre of excellence where tourism and hospitality studies are concerned.
The institute premise was initially used as Motithang Hotel during the coronation of our 4th Druk Gyalpo. In 2003, Royal Government of Bhutan and Austrian Government jointly decided to fund for a Tourism and Hospitality Institute. The construction began in 2004, giving a new look to the old building and replacing the old front building with a new banquet and reception building.
The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck inaugurated the institute on 15 October 2013. The Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality is the first institute of its kind to be established in Bhutan, RITH is committed to advancing professional training and education in the Bhutanese Tourism and Hospitality industry.
It is equipped with the cutting edge technologies at par with any other international institute. All the buildings are connected with central heating system and the best practice of sustainable energy use will be followed with the operation of its own power station. The institute also takes pride in having its own waste management plant. Our study programs are designed to prepare students for a career in a field that keeps experiencing worldwide growth.
An education at the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality is the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in Tourism and Hospitality industry in Bhutan and around the world.
To ensure smooth learning, the institute has the following well equipped facilities in place: