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Tibet receives more tourists than expected (2)
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14:52, August 24, 2007

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China International Travel Service, one of the country''s largest travel agencies, sent more than 500 tourists to Tibet in the first seven months of this year, compared with 400 for the whole of 2006, said Zhang Lingjie, a manager in charge of domestic routes.

"Many people like to travel to Tibet by train during the summer vacation," he said. "We had to impose a 20-percent price hike for our package tours since July 15, because our running costs were increasing as a result of higher costs for food and lodging in Tibet and hard-to-get train tickets."

He said nearly every train to and from Lhasa is fully booked.

Trains have been running between Lhasa and several big cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xining and Chengdu, since the first ever railway to Tibet became operational on July 1, 2006.

Tibet''s tourism income is estimated to have topped 1.6 billion yuan (205 million U.S. dollars) by the end of July.

Source: Xinhua
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