China announces major incentives to promote winter tourism in Tibet

Lhasa after the winter snowfall. (Photo courtesy:

(, Oct16’19) – In order to maintain its economic growth and development story, China is to ensure continued flow of tourists to Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) by offering free visits to top sites and minimum 50 percent discounts on airfares and hotel accommodations and the like during the lean five-month winter season which will end on Mar 15, 2020, according to the official Xinhua news agency Oct 16.

The policies include free visits to the Potala Palace and other national 3A-level tourist attractions and above in the region, minimum 50 percent average off-season discount for airlines, and a minimum 50 percent discount for three-star hotels and above in the region compared with the peak season for tourism, the report said, citing the region’s tourism development department.

The report cited the department as saying the supportive policies for winter tourism launched in 2018 had promoted the rapid development of TAR’s tourism.

The report noted that the region had received more than 11.15 million tourists from China and other countries with total tourism revenue of about 12.47 billion yuan (about 1.76 billion USD) in the first half of 2019.


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