Tibet’s tourism market, battered by riots here in March, has cut travel and hotel costs in hopes of luring domestic and international visitors, Xinhua news agency reported.
The region’s tourism bureau is promoting a winter tour package, Deputy Chief Wang Songping was quoted saying. “Most of the tourist attractions, airline companies, hotels and travel services joined the promotion and offered discounts,” he said.
Tourist destinations in Nyingchi Prefecture, which borders India and Myanmar, have cut prices by half, while those in the regional capital, Lhasa, and in Xigaze Prefecture began to lower prices by 20-50% in late October, according to Wang.
Many hotels in Lhasa have taken 20-70% off their room rates, while air tickets from Beijing to Lhasa are now available at 70-80% of the original fare, the report said.
Wang was quoted saying that the tourism bureau has promoted tours in major Chinese cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taiwan as well as the United States, Canada and Australia, said Wang.
The report said Lhasa Tourism Corp. has invited a delegation of travel managers from Shenzhen to visit Tibet before the end of this year. Tibet’s tourism market reopened to domestic travellers in late April and to overseas sightseers on 25 June.