[photopress:Toursts_visit_Yuyang_Garden.jpg,full,alignright]According to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics China’s inbound tourism industry is growing much faster than expected in some areas. The results of a recent study indicate that over the first five months of 2007, Beijing received over 1.6 million international tourists, up 11.8% on the same period last year. Which is why all of those hotels keep opening.
The bureau said the main source markets for international tourists into Beijing were Japan, the US and South Korea.
Meanwhile, statistics show Tibet received a record 672,000 domestic tourists and 45,000 international tourists over the first five months of the year – an 82% increase on 2006 figures. According to the regional tourism bureau, tourists contributed RMB636 million ($83.5 million) to the economy over this period, up 78%.