Tibet tourism warms as spring comes
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    LHASA, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Tibet saw a 2.2 percent growth in the number of tourists during this Chinese Lunar New Year holiday over last year, according to local tourism authority Friday.

    Tourist arrivals from home and abroad totaled 57,625 during the festival, reaping a tourism revenue of 39 million yuan (5.71 million U.S. dollars), up 1.8 percent year on year, figures released by the Tourism Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region show.

Tibet saw a 2.2 percent growth in the number of tourists during this Chinese Lunar New Year holiday over last year

Tibetan farmers perform during a dress rehearsal of the evening party held by Lhasa TV station for the upcoming new year of Tibetan calendar which falls on Feb. 25, in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 10, 2009. Tibet saw a 2.2 percent growth in the number of tourists during this Chinese Lunar New Year holiday over last year.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    Figures also reflected a significant fall in tourism following the March 14 violence in Lhasa last year. Tourism in Tibet fell 44.2 percent in 2008 than the previous year to about 2.25 million, and the total tourism revenue dropped 53.4 percent to about 2.26 billion yuan (330 million U.S. dollars).

    To stimulate the crippled travel industry, local tourism authorities started the largest price-cutting campaign in history on Oct. 20.

    With the bureau's coordination, travel agencies, guides, major winter scenery spots, hotels and land transportation all lowered prices by 50 percent. Airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines had or will offer special group fare during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday and the coming Tibetan New Year holiday. As a result, the price of a winter tour in Tibet plunged to below 3,000 yuan (439 U.S. dollars), the lowest on record.

    The rise of tourist arrivals was first seen in Nyingchi Prefecture, home to the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, which received 24,000 tourists in November, a 4.8 percent increase year on year. The number of travelers also picked up gradually in other parts of Tibet.

    Resorts such as Basum Lake, Nanyi Valley, and Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon have become popular attractions, said Wang Songping, the bureau's deputy head.

    "It is expected that more tourists will come to feel the special Tibetan culture during the Tibetan New Year holiday," said Wang.

    There will be a week-long public holiday, starting on Feb. 23, in Tibet to celebrate the Tibetan New Year, which falls on Feb. 25 this year.

Tourists are welcome to experience Tibetan Losar 

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 -- With the approaching of the Tibetan New Year which falls on Feb. 25, travel agencies in Tibet are active in organizing groups tours featuring Tibetan Losar (the Tibetan New Year).

    By Feb. 10, some 60 travelers have registered for these special tours. Full story

Tibet rebuilds image to attract visitors in 2008

    BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Tourism in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is recovering and picking up rapidly after the region launched a series of measures to promote its image as a safe, civilized and healthy destination, according to Tibet Daily.

    In the year 2008, Tibet is estimated to have received 2.2 million visitors and the Nyingchi Prefecture, an extraordinary favorable spot in terms of weather and abundance, stood out to witness an increase in the number of visitors compared with that in the same period last year. Full story

Tibet witnesses first traveling surge of 2009

BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) witnessed the first traveling surge of 2009 during the Spring Festival holidays.

According to the statistics from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet received 57,625 tourists during the holidays, up 2.2 percent from the same period in 2008, with the revenue totaling 39 million yuan, or a 1.8 percent year-on-year increase. Full story

Editor: Fang Yang
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