Tibet Welcomes 1.71m tourists
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/11/29; November 29, 2005.]
By Satish G.
Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, also known as the "roof of the world", played host to over 1.71 million tourists until October this year.
The tourists figure went up 46 percent over the same period last year, reports local media.
As per the information available, overseas tourists came to 113,396, up 31.6 percent. The region raked in US$230.17 million in tourist revenue from January to October, an increase of 35.1 percent from that of last year, according to the regional bureau of tourism.
The Himalayan region, with its unique natural landscape, negligible pollution, plenty of scenes in association with Tibetan culture as well as increasingly improved infrastructure for tourism, has become the first choice of many tourists when they decide to travel, Xinhua news agency reported.
Wang Zhenbang, deputy secretary of the Lhasa City Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), told Xinhua tourism had become one of the pillar industries in Tibet. The proportion of tourist revenue in the region's gross domestic product (GDP) has risen from 1.5 percent in 1990 to 6 percent in 2002.
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