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Tourists to Tibet up 24 Percent in 2002

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 03/01/08; January 8, 2003.]

Xinhua (New China News Agency) - state-run

LHASA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Tibet received 850,000 visitors last year, up nearly one fourth from the previous year, according to the tourism bureau of the southwest China autonomous region.

The increase was largely due to a big hike in the number of domestic visitors to 720,000 in 2002, up 29 percent from a year earlier. Last year also saw 130,000 overseas tourists in Tibet, up 2.4 percent, bureau sources said.

To promote the industry, local travel authorities organized 40 tourism enterprises to attend 19 international tourism promotions in 2002.

Restrictions on overseas tourists to Tibet were also lessened, such as abolishing the requirement for a confirmation letter for tourists from Hong Kong and Macao, and the requirement for foreign visitors to be in a group of at least five people.

Tibet's tourism revenue in the last year amounted to 168 million US dollars, 51 million of which was contributed by overseas visitors and 117 million US dollars by domestic visitors, according to statistics.


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