Tibet registers rise in tourist footfall in January-April

According to reports of regional authorities, Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region had a tourist footfall of around 40,000 from January to April. This registers a growth by 50.5 per cent in tourist arrivals, when compared to same period last year. The regional tourism development committee confirmed that the region earned $ 26.7 million as tourism revenue during the period, recording an increase of 50.7 per cent.

In the same time, Tibet has received nearly 2.7 million domestic tourists, recording a rise of 63.5 per cent when compared to last year. The winter tourism on the highland is less popular than in summer owing to low oxygen levels and temperatures. In a move to entice the tourists, the local government has introduced encouraging policies, including free admission to 115 A-Class scenic areas, discounted rate on hotel bookings and air tickets, and other services. The region’s dedicated efforts in improving the infrastructure in recent years have truly helped in boosting the tourism sector. Tibet has now 79 air routes, and 90,000 kms of roads. Almost all villages in the region are connected to roads.