English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips> 天天读报> 每日播报

Foreign tour groups sign up to visit Tibet

[ 2009-03-31 14:49]     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009


Tibet will allow overseas visitors starting April 5 after a month-long suspension, a tourism official in Lhasa has said.

"Tibet will start receiving foreign tourists as of April 5, and they will be warmly welcomed," Bachug, head of the Tibet tourism administration, told the Xinhua News Agency on Sunday.

"Foreign tourists were stopped from entering Tibet during March for safety reasons," Bachug said.

Tibet, which until half a century ago was ruled by a theocratic regime, celebrated its first Serfs' Emancipation Day on Saturday.

March 14 also marked the first anniversary of riots by the Dalai Lama's followers in the region's capital Lhasa, which left 18 civilians dead.

"There is no reason to worry; Tibet is safe now," Bachug said.

"Travel agencies, tourist resorts and hotels are well prepared to receive foreign guests," he said. "As usual, foreign tourists can visit Tibet only with organized tour groups," he added.

So far, more than 100 foreign tour groups have registered to visit Tibet this year, he said.

An earlier Xinhua report said Tibet was entering "the best season for travel and will see a big increase in tourism" starting April.

The local tourism bureau estimates that tourists will increase by at least 30 percent from previous months.

Tourism has witnessed a boom since the launch of "Tour Tibet In Winter" by the bureau last year. In the first two months this year, the region reported a significant rise in the number of visitors. Many went there for the Spring Festival as well as the Tibetan New Year.

With more than 300 scenic spots, tourism is experiencing a slow but steady revival since the Lhasa riots last March and the catastrophic earthquake that hit its neighboring Sichuan province in May.

Only 2.28 million tourists visited last year, a drop of 44 percent year-on-year. Tourism revenue was also halved from 4.8 billion yuan ($702 million) in 2007 to about 2.25 billion yuan last year, according to Yu Yungui, deputy director of the tourism bureau.

Lhasa's iconic Potala Palace received 830,000 tourists and pilgrims in 2008, down 27 percent year-on-year, Champa Kesang, the bureau's management chief, said.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Foreign tour groups sign up to visit Tibet

About the broadcaster:

Foreign tour groups sign up to visit Tibet

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.