Tibet's tourism industry achieves economy of scale

14:29, April 06, 2011      

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Tibet's tourism industry experienced robust development during the 11th Five-Year Plan period, during which its fixed assets grew from more than 5 billion yuan to 13 billion yuan, which signifies that the industry has initially achieved an economy of scale, according to the tourism work conference of Tibet Autonomous Region held on April 4.

Ba Zhu, director-general of the Tourism Department of Tibet Autonomous Region, said that Tibet received a total of over 21 million domestic and foreign tourists during the 11th Five-Year Plan period, an increase of 31 percent compared to the previous year.

Tibet made a total of 23 million yuan in tourism revenue, an increase of 30 percent from a year earlier. The region is now home to 165 star-class hotels, 315 star-class family hotels, 27 A-class scenic spots and 102 tourist agencies. Tibet's tourism economy directly employs 43,800 workers and provides an extra 3,000 job opportunities each year.

Following the operation of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and the Nyingchi and Ngari airports, Tibet has preliminarily established its tourism theme image "The Roof of the World and Wonderful Tibet."

Tibet has focused on developing and promoting the outstanding tourist spots represented by the Potala Palace, Mount Qomolangma, the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon and the Namtso Lake. Meanwhile, Tibet has also developed folk festivals and cultural tourism products such as "Himalaya" and "Tanggula Dance" across the region.

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