Tibet’s tourism market — badly affected by riots in March — has cut travel and hotel costs in hopes of luring domestic and international sightseers.
Deputy chief of the tourism bureau, Wang Songping, said the bureau is promoting a winter tour package:’Most of the tourist attractions, airline companies, hotels and travel services joined the promotion and offer discounts.’
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 to 50% in late October.
Many hotels in Lhasa have taken 20 to 70% off their room rates, while air tickets from Beijing to Lhasa are now available at 70t or 80% of the original fare.
Tibet’s tourism market reopened to domestic travelers in late April and to overseas sightseers on June 25.
The problems damaged the tourism industry, which saw a 69% slump in the number of tourists and a 72% slump in revenue in the first half of this year.
Tibet has received about 2.2 million tourists so far this year, sharply down from a record 4 million last year.
Source: Still Travel