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In 2019, Tibet’s tourism industry contributed 33% to the region’s economic and social development

Source: China News Network Time: 2020-04-22: “In 2019, the contribution rate of Tibet’s tourism industry to the economic and social development of the region reached 33%.” On April 21, the Tibet 2020 Tourism Work Video Conference held in Lhasa, the Tibet Autonomous Region Tourism Development Department (referred to as “Tibet Travel” “Development Hall”) Director Wang Songping summed up this in his tourism work in 2019.

    “2019 is the 40th year of Tibet’s tourism industry.” Wang Songping said that this year, Tibet’s tourism industry continued to maintain a good momentum of rapid growth and healthy development. The region received a total of 401.215 million tourists from home and abroad throughout the year, year-on-year An increase of 19.1% and a total tourism revenue of RMB 55.928 billion, an increase of 14.1% year-on-year.

    “The ‘Winter Tibet’ policy has enabled Tibet’s tourism industry to achieve a new round of rapid growth following the opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.” Wang Songping said that in 2018, the number of tourists received in Tibet exceeded 36 million, and in 2019 it exceeded 40 million. Tibet’s tourism industry has completed the annual target tasks and general target tasks of the “13th Five-Year Plan” in advance.

    In addition, as an important carrier of poverty alleviation through tourism, Tibet has actively promoted the establishment of national key villages for rural tourism. In 2019, there are 278 villages with Tibetan characteristics.

    At the same time, the regional tourism cooperation and sharing in Tibet has significantly increased. Wang Songping said that the 11th meeting of the China-Tibet-Nepal Tourism Coordination Committee in 2019 was successfully held. The construction of cross-border tourism between China and Nepal is accelerating. “

    Wang Songping said that the modernization of Tibet’s tourism governance system is improving day by day, and the level of tourism informatization continues to improve. “The key projects such as the standardization and pilot construction of tourism infrastructure have quickly followed up. The cumulative investment issued in 2019 is the highest in Tibet’s tourism industry in 40 years, and the completed investment is also the highest in the past.” (Zhang Wei)

Even though Tibet tourism played a big role in Tibet economy in the past years, Tibet is heavily hit by the COVID19 pandemic around the world. Since the inbound tourism is one of the major part of Tibet tourism, now without foreign travelers to Tibet, and sharp decrease of Chinese travelers, the tourism of Tibet almost gets to “0” and it will take at least 3-6 months to see gradual increase for the Chinese tourists to Tibet, while it will take at least 2 years for foreign travelers to come to Tibet. As responsible tour operator for foreign travelers, we do not suggest you come to Tibet in the near future. The Tibet travel permits ban will not be lift for couple of months. If you are planning a tour of Tibet in the coming year of 2021 or 2022, please feel free to contact our Tibet travel agency.