Official: Tibet to reopen to foreign tourists 2009-03-30 01:10:40   Print

    LHASA, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Foreign tourists will be allowed to get into Tibet as of April 5, a tourism official said here Sunday.

    "Tibet will resume receiving foreign tourists as of April 5, and we warmly welcome them," Bachug, head of the tourism administration of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, told Xinhua.

Foreign tourists will be allowed to get into Tibet as of April 5, a tourism official said here Sunday.

Tourists take photos on the top of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Feb. 27, 2009. Foreign tourists will be allowed to get into Tibet as of April 5, a tourism official said here Sunday.  (Photo: China Tibet Information Center)
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    "Reception work was suspended in March for the sake of travelers' safety," said Bachug.

    "Tibet is harmonious and safe now. Travel agencies, tourist resorts and hotels are well prepared for tourists," he said.

    So far, more than 100 foreign tourist groups have been registered to visit Tibet, according to him.

Tibet to see big increase in tourist population from April

    BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhuanet) -- As Tibet is entering the best season for traveling, the region, famous for its grand scenery and unique ethnic features, will see a big increase in tourism from next month.

    Tourism in Tibet has seen a boom since the launch of "tour Tibet in winter" by the region's Tourism Bureau last year. In the first two months this year, the region reported a sharp rise in the number of visitors as many went there to experience the traditional Chinese Spring Festival as well as the Tibetan New Year.

Lhasa to be built into international tourist city

    BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, will be built into an international tourist city highlighting its unique plateau and ethnic characteristics.

    According to the Overall Plan for Lhasa (2009-2020) approved by the State Council, it will become a cosmopolitan with the theme of "Holy Snow land, Bright Pearl on the Plateau."

Social stability boosts Tibet's tourism

    BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Tibet received 120,000 tourists from home and abroad in the first two months of this year, a 4.8 percent increase year-on-year, according to the Tibet Regional Tourism Bureau.

    The region thus had a tourism revenue of 99.24 million yuan, up 0.6 percent over the same period last year. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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