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Tibet's tourist record: state media

August 18, 2009

August 16, 2009

BEIJING -- A total of 1.2 million tourists visited Tibet last month
-- a record for July -- state media said Sunday, as travellers
returned to the Himalayan region 17 months after deadly unrest there.

The domestic and foreign tourists generated revenue of 1.1 billion
yuan (160 million dollars) in the month, nearly double the amount for
July 2008, the official Tibet Daily reported.

We "achieved the highest performance in terms of the number of
tourists and total income in July in the history of tourism
development in Tibet," the report said.

Tourism in Tibet was hit when China banned travellers from going
there immediately after riots erupted in the region's capital Lhasa
in March last year, marking the 49th anniversary of a failed revolt.

The ban was later relaxed, but authorities once again tightened their
clampdown on Tibet earlier this year to prevent unrest during the
50th anniversary of the uprising.

Official statistics showed visitor arrivals in Tibet reached nearly
2.25 million in 2008, down 44 percent from the previous year with
tourism revenue more than halving, a previous report from the
official Xinhua news agency said.

But from January to July this year, more than 2.7 million tourists
visited Tibet, nearly triple that of the same period in 2008, the
Tibet Daily report said.
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