China eyes 30 million tourists in ‘Tibet’ by 2020

June 3, 2018 5:36 pm1 commentViews: 158
The commercial center of Lhasa, Barkhor Street. (Photo courtesy: EMBARK)

The commercial center of Lhasa, Barkhor Street. (Photo courtesy: EMBARK)

(TibetanReview.net, Jun02, 2018) – China aims to overrun Tibet Autonomous Region with more than 30 million tourists per year, generating an annual tourism revenue of over 55 billion yuan, in 2020, reported the country’s official Xinhua news agency Jun 1. This was stated in the context of the report that the Chinese ruled territory had received a record 2.7 million tourists in the first four months of this year.

Apart from 39,900 from overseas, all the visitors in the first four months of this year were reported to be from China. The total figure was stated to be 63.5 percent increase year-on-year.

Income from tourism during the first four months of this year was stated to be 3.5 billion yuan (US$ 545 million), which was up 62.8 percent year-on-year.

The report said the increased number of visitors was on account of discounted packages and reduced average hotel and ticket costs from February to April offered by the regional government.

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  • Doring Tenzin Phuntsok

    From January to May, Tibet welcomed 5.6 million tourists, up 38 percent from a year ago. Total revenue also rose 41.4 percent to 7.1 billion yuan (about 1.1 billion U.S. dollars), according to the regional Tourism Development Commission.Though tourism had been hit by bad weather last month, the regional government came up with discounts, charter flights and train services last January to attract more domestic and overseas tourists.The market in May grew rapidly, with the number of tourists hitting 2.9 million, up 20.7 percent year on year. The local government to continue some of the winter incentives until June.

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