Trevor Sofield is the Foundation Professor of Tourism, University of Tasmania, Australia and he has written a long report on the future of tourism in Tibet. You can download the complete report HERE.
A major commitment, supported by more than US$20 billion, has been made for the economic development of China’s western provinces (the Western Development Plan) because of their relative under-development compared to the booming eastern coastal provinces.
The Lin Zhi Prefecture and four counties in the south east of Tibet Autonomous Region abuts Myanmar and India to the south, is in a part of Tibet not yet opened to international tourism.
A master plan is being formulated under the auspices of the China National Tourism Administration, a key aim of which is to promote Tibetan culture.
The development plan submitted for the pilgrimage town of Chamdo in central eastern Tibet, home of perhaps the most famous Yellow Hat sect Buddhist teaching monastery in Tibet with currently more than 2000 resident monks, Qianbaling, provides such an example.
Chamdo is surrounded by eight ancient monasteries and temples located high up in the surrounding mountains, each one at the end of a road that radiates out from Chamdo like the spoke of a wheel.
Each temple requires a full day in a 4WD vehicle to reach and return to Chamdo.
This configuration lends itself to a classical hub-and-spokes cluster development and the concept incorporated in our Tourism Development Plan utilises the Tibetan prayer wheel or circle of life to emphasize the cultural richness of the experience.
Much more HERE.