Tibet Hosts 1.8 Million Tourists in H1
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region hosted 1.8 million tourists in the first half of the year, up 20.3 percent from the same period last year, the regional tourism administration said Tuesday.
While most visitors were Chinese tourists, the "roof of the world" also received 78,000 international tourists in the January to June period, up 67 percent from the same period of last year.
The region's tourism income climbed 23.6 percent year on year to hit 1.39 billion yuan (about 204 million U.S. dollars) in the past six months.
The tourism administration attributed the growth in visitor arrivals to efforts to promote tourism in winter, the slack season for visits to the plateau. The efforts included cutting hotel prices and sponsoring a series of Tibetan culture activities.
The festival drew international tourists from more than 20 countries and regions.
Meanwhile, many native Tibetans are keen on traveling to other parts of Tibet for sightseeing and pilgrimages, according to figures provided by the regional tourism administration.
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