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Total Number of Tourists to Tibet Increases in 2001

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/01/04; January 4, 2002.]

[Xinhua is the official news agency of the PRC]

LHASA, January 4 (Xinhuanet) - The number of tourists and mountaineers to Tibet has increased in the first 11 months of last year as against the corresponding period a year earlier.

The latest available statistics showed that between January and November last year, a total of 659,000 tourists and mountaineers had come to the autonomous region, contributing toward a tourism-related revenue of 680 million yuan (83 million U.S. dollars).

The number of tourists increased by 16.5 percent while that of the tourism-related revenue increased by 4.3 percent.

A new trend is taking shape in the fact that the number of tourists and mountaineers from overseas is on the decline whereas that of tourists and mountaineers from home is on the increase.

The number of overseas tourists and mountaineers decreased last year by 20.7 percent whereas that of tourists and mountaineers from elsewhere in China increased by 28.7 percent.

The decline of the number of overseas tourists and mountaineers was somewhat attributed to some of the events that took place elsewhere in the world. As many as 203 overseas tourist groups had cancelled their trips to Tibet.


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