Tibet aims to make a comeback as a tourist destination. The regional bureau has announced ambitious plans to attract three million domestic and foreign visitors to the area in 2009.
Since the March 2007 riots and the Sichuan earthquake, tourist figures have plummeted. In 2007 a record four million people visited but the troubles sliced tourist numbers by 69% and revenue in the first half of 2008 was down by 72%.
It is hoped that reduced-price flights between Beijing and Lhasa, and cheaper hotel rates in the Tibetan capital will entice people back.
Heather Chan, general manager of CTS Horizons said: ‘All over China people are reducing their prices and there are lots of deals in Tibet to attract domestic visitors.’