More than 310,000 tourists visited the Tibet autonomous region over the Lunar New Year holiday, an increase of 40.6 percent year-on-year, according to the regional department of tourism development. Between Feb 11 and Feb 17, the region’s travel revenue hit 215 million yuan ($33 million), up 56.7 percent year-on-year, according to the department. Nie Jianhua, marketing director of Lansetianguo, a wave machine and hot springs complex in the region’s Damshung county, said, “On the first three days of the holiday, the tourists were mainly from places outside the region and the following days there were more locals.” Because of two holidays occurring in proximity to one another, with Losar, or Tibetan New Year, falling on Feb 12－working people in Tibet were given a longer holiday of 10 days. The resort received an average of 4,500 tourists daily between Feb 17 and Feb 20, and most tourists came with their families, Nie said. This year, Tibet continues to offer free admission to some of the region’s popular tourist attractions to spur the winter tourism season which ends on March 15. The move is part of the region’s preferential policies to attract more visitors in the winter. During the winter tourism period,… Read full this story
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