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Chinese holidaymakers swarm to see centenarians (2)


09:21, October 08, 2012

With the influx of tourists, rural home inns are providing a new source of income to the Bama people, who previously depended on farmland for food.

Huang Dashun, a local with the Pona Village who renovated his home into a family hotel, said that most of his guests were arriving by car. "I have been busy answering the phone as a lot more people have called to book a room," said Huang.

Official statistics showed that in 2011, the Pona Village alone received 273,000 tourists and took an aggregate tourism revenue of 64.3 million yuan. The village's per capita annual income has gone up from a few thousands of yuan in the 1990s to more than 15,000 yuan.

Li Li, deputy mayor of He Chi City, hopes to cash in on Bama's longevity to drive up the city's tourism and help reduce poverty in the area.

According to the city's blueprint, by 2015, rural tourism will create 200,000 jobs. More than 5 million tourists will visit annually.

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