The “Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Offer” was launched in the capital and Thailand simultaneously to celebrate His Majesty’s 34th birthday. This offer will remain open to Thai nationals and those who can prove their residence in Thailand, for three months starting June 1. Thai people believe that there is extreme climate in Bhutan during summer and winter and therefore hesitate to visit it. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced that this notion should be changed and Bhutan should be a popular tourist destination the year round. However, what adds to the perks is the waiving of the tourist tariff of USD 200 a day for the lean season. The Thai tourists will be levied a royalty of only USD 65. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines will also offer a 50% discount on packages and so will the hotels. Tour operators will have to make attractive tour packages and compete with each other for tourists. Thais visiting the country during these three months can experience the Nimalung festival from June 5 to 7 in Chumey, Bumthang, and Kurjey tshechu, around the same time. The Haa summer festival takes place from July 5 to 7, followed by the Matsutake festival in Bumthang on August 23 and 24.