China tourism nets record
CHINA'S tourism earnings hit a record US$3.6 billion last year, dubbed ''Visit China'' year, and part of a new campaign this year will include more activities in Tibet, reports said yesterday.
This is the first time the industry's earnings, which surged 26.5 per cent, have surpassed the $3 billion mark.
The number of foreign tourists totalled 37 million, up 11 per cent from a year earlier, State Tourism Administration director, Mr Liu Yi said.
He announced that China would this year boost tourism activities in its mountain and water resort areas, including Tibet, which recently started to allow travellers back in greater numbers after clamping down in 1989.
Travel to the Himalayan region, known as ''The Roof of the World,'' had been tightly restricted after the ethnic riots that year.