Tibet Intends to Double Incoming Tourists

Tibetan authority aims to increase its current figure of incoming tourist to 20 million by 2015, nearly doubling the figure recorded last year. The high official sets the tourist growth target while delivering the government work report at the opening of the 10th Tibet regional People’s Congress.

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

They highlighted the figure that tourism has become one of the leading economic growth engines for the autonomous region, which hosted 11 million tourists last year with revenue from the tourism sector topping $2.12 billion.

Dawa Yu, director of the Tibet Tourism Bureau, said Tibet’s tourism industry is growing fast, with 70 class-A national scenic spots as well as 211 starred hotels in the forthcoming days. He said Tibetan herdsmen and farmers have benefited from the development of tourism.

It is believed that such projects reduce Tibet’s dependency over herds-farming through channeling its population into tourism sector.

Source: ChinaDaily

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