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Bhutan 2008: Media Guidelines for Coronation Celebration

Wednesday, 01 October 2008


Monday. September 29th 2008

Formal Coronation of

His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan


The people and the Royal Government of Bhutan will celebrate the formal Coronation of His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo, the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, from 6th to 8th November 2008.

His Majesty the King has been shouldering the responsibilities of Monarch and the Head of State of Bhutan since 14 December 2006. The celebrations will mark the formal ascension of His Majesty the King to the Golden Throne. 

The Sacred Coronation Ceremony will be held on 6th November in the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Golden Throne at Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, where His Majesty the King will be formally crowned the Fifth King of Bhutan. His Majesty will deliver the Coronation Address to the Nation at the celebration grounds of Changlimithang stadium on 7th November. The celebrations will continue on 8th November 2008 at the same venue.

The Royal Government of Bhutan is pleased to inform all interested media organizations that the government will grant gratis visas, without royalties and accreditation fees, to those wishing to cover the celebrations.

Media organizations may make their travel arrangements through a registered Bhutanese Tour Operator (BTO). The list and details of such tour operators are available at http://www.tourism.gov.bt/bhutan/tour-operators and http://www.abto.org.bt/.  The tour operator will make necessary logistical arrangements, including accommodation, transportation and acquiring formal accreditation to cover the celebrations.

A Media Centre, equipped with modern communication facilities, will be established.

Attached herewith is Media Guidelines for Coronation Celebrations 2008 for more details.

Contact                : Mr. Yeshey Dorji, Foreign Secretary, Chairperson, Media Facilitation Committee for the Coronation Celebrations

Focal Persons      : 1. Mr. Kinzang Dorji C, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Telephone         : +975-2-322118

    Mobile               : +975-17621179

    Fax                      : +975-2322079

    E-mail                 : kinzangdc@mfa.gov.bt


2. Mr. Yeshey, Ministry of Information and Communications

    Telephone         : +975-2-322567

    Mobile               : +975-17624264

    Fax                      : +975-2-328154

    E-mail                 : yarphel@gmail.com




1.         Accreditation of media personnel during the Coronation Celebrations 2008

1.1 Media personnel (photographers/cameramen, reporters, etc) desiring to have access to any official event during the Coronation Celebrations 2008 must be accredited by the Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA).
1.2 All media personnel should provide the following to their respective Bhutanese Tour Operator (BTO) when applying for accreditation: company profile of the news organization they represent, endorsement letter from the organization, CV, two passport size photographs and a copy of the Passport.
1.3 The concerned BTO shall acquire accreditation on behalf of the media personnel.
1.4 No accreditation fees shall be charged.

2.  Special Considerations for media personnel accredited by BICMA to cover the Coronation Celebrations 2008

2.1 Media personnel accredited by BICMA shall be exempted from payment of royalties, visa and accreditation fees. However, all media personnel should book their travel to Bhutan through a registered BTO in Bhutan.


3.  Planning Travel to Bhutan

3.1 To travel to Bhutan, contact any BTO in Bhutan. The list and details of registered BTOs are available at: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/bhutan/tour-operators and http://www.abto.org.bt/
3.2 BTOs shall arrange all logistics, including travel, local transportation and hotel bookings, and acquire accreditation, visa permits and security cards on behalf of the media personnel.
3.3 On completion of the accreditation formalities, BTOs shall finalize the travel itinerary including the actual cost to be borne by media agency/personnel on account of lodging, transportation and service fees of the BTOs.


4.  Arrival

4.1 BTOs shall be responsible for receiving the media personnel at the Paro International Airport or at other locations, and for arranging local hospitality.
4.2 BTOs shall arrange programs as per the interest of the media personnel.


5. Coronation Ceremony

5.1 A Press Conference will be held on 5th November at a location to be confirmed closer to the date.
5.2 Volunteer Guides shall accompany and assist media personnel during the Celebrations.
5.3 The Royal Government of Bhutan/BTOs will provide the transportation to and from event venues.
5.4 A media centre, equipped with communication facilities, shall be established.
5.5 Media galleries shall be set up in major event venues.


6.  Media Coverage in the Throne Room for designated media organizations

6.1 A small area shall be identified in the Throne Room for designated media.
6.2 Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) will provide a live coverage of the Throne Room Ceremony.
6.3 Except for the designated media, no other media shall be permitted in the Throne Room.