Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) proudly stands in a very calm and clean area, surrounded by Pines and Cypress. It’s a very ideal place to study, a modern and well equipped home away from home.
The place was known as Motithang Hotel during the coronation of our 4th Druk Gyelpo. The hotel served during the coronation of our 4th Druk Gyelpo, by then the hotel was managed and functioned by Bhutan Tourism Corporation Limited (BTCL).
Later the hotel was taken over by YDF and for sometime the building functioned as Centre for Youth from around the country. In 2003, Royal Government of Bhutan and Austrian Government jointly decided to fund for a Tourism and Hospitality Institute. The construction began in 2004, given a new look to the old building and replacing the old front building with a new banquet and reception building.
Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck Inaugurated the institute. The inaugural ceremony was attended by ministers and high officials.
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 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.
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.
Students will live and learn in a safe, modern environment on our campus in Motithang, Thimphu. Our faculty consists of experienced professionals from all areas of the Tourism and Hospitality industry.
An education at the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality in Bhutan is the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in Bhutan and around the world.