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Lhasa received more than 16 million visitors last year

Publish Time: 2018-01-08 Author: Tenzin Woebom From: VTIBET.com

In 2017, Lhasa received more than 16 million visitors, with a year-on-year growth of 17.56 percent. The tourism revenue totaled about 23 billion yuan, up by 21.94 percent over the same period last year, learned from statistics released by Lhasa Tourism Bureau.

Since 2017, the tourism market of Lhasa has developed rapidly, and the tourist reception, total income, growth rate and social impact have reached a new level. A number of tourism enterprises in Lhasa have indicated that the tourist reception volume of the whole tourist market is better than that of last year. This is mainly due to the continuous development of Lhasa's tourism environment, the continuous improvement of the quality of tourism service, the profound cultural details and the charming scenic spots.

According to data, the reception capacity of star-graded hotels and travel agencies increased in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the corresponding period of 2016. Taking Tibet Jingu Hotel as example, occupancy rate of the hotel reached over 60 percent from the beginning of the year to late March.

During the first quarter of 2017, tourist reception capacity and tourism revenue increased significantly compared with the same period in 2016. The main reason is that there are several holidays and festivals from January to March in Lhasa. Only during the Spring Festival and Tibetan New Year, tourism revenue reached to 180 million yuan and 258 million yuan respectively.

"Lhasa tourist industries have mainly focused on festivals, integrated tourism resources, created delightful atmosphere and held sensational festival activities with unique Tibetan characteristic to attract more tourists last year," said Tashi Thondrup, an official of Lhasa Tourism Bureau.

"Nowadays, the vigorous development of the tourism market in Lhasa is not only due to its rich tourism resources and profound cultural heritage, but also benefit from the orderly development of tourism environment," Tashi Thondrup added.

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