Five million tourists visits Tibet this year

Tibet has been visited by over five million tourists so far this year, up by 43.9 per cent over the same period last year.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 18:39 PM IST

Beijing: Tibet has been visited by over
five million tourists so far this year, up by 43.9 per cent
over the same period last year.

While the vast majority of visitors to the region were
Chinese, the "roof of the world" also received some 160,000
international tourists from January to August.

This is up 43.9 per cent from the same period last
year and 24.5 per cent higher than last year, Xinhua reported.

The region`s tourism income grew 37.3 per cent year on
year to hit 4.44 billion yuan (USD 653 million) in the past
eight months.

Wang Songping, deputy head of the tourism
administration, attributed the growth in tourist arrivals to
efforts to promote tourism in winter, sponsoring a series of
Tibetan culture activities and promoting Tibetan tourism in
new markets in Oceania and eastern Europe.

PTI