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China inaugurates first international luxury hotel in Tibet

November 3, 2010

Sify
November 1, 2010

Chinese tourism authorities are expecting a boom
in the country's tourism sector, following the
inauguration of the first luxury hotel in
southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, the first
international luxury hotel in Lhasa, the regional
capital, reportedly covers nearly 32,000 square meters and is a green hotel.

Xinhua quoted Wang Songping, deputy chief of the
region's Tourism Administration as saying: "The
opening of St. Regis ends Tibet's history of no
luxury hotels. Shangri-La Hotel and
InterContinental Hotel will be built in Lhasa in
2010. High-end hotels will help boost Tibet's tourism."

Meanwhile, Phil McAveety, chief brand official of
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc, which
owns the hotel, has said that by utilizing solar
energy and geothermal energy, the St. Regis Lhasa
Resort can save 93,000 kilograms of diesel energy consumption every year.

The remote southwestern region witnessed a
tourism boom in the past few years, especially
after the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the first rail
link between Tibet and the rest of China, was
opened on July 1, 2006, the report said.
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