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Tibet: tourism creates jobs for 100,000 Tibetan farmers and herdsmen

By Zhu Shan Source:China Tibet News 2016-03-09

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Photo shows Ra-og Tso in Chamdo Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/Zhang Ailin]

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Photo shows the beautiful scenery in Lulang Town, Nyingchi of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/Wang Xubo]


It is reported from the conference on Tibet tourism work that until now, the number of farmers and herdsmen working in tourist reception in Tibet has reached over 97,000. Last year, with the tourist reception revenue of one billion yuan, per capita increasing income was 10,300 yuan. Tourist industry has become a major way for increasing herdsmen and farmers'income.
Lulang Town, located in Nyingchi of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, enjoys “Switzerland in Tibet” reputation. Farmers in Lunam Town always sell tents and specialties to tourists during slack farming seasons, which generates more than 20,000 yuan in net income every year.
Taking advantage of mountain, lake and glacier, farmers living around Ra-og Tso run Tibetan family hotels favored by tourists. Nowadays, there are more than 200 family hotels in Nyingchi, which can accommodate about 10,000 tourists.
According to Tourism Development Committee of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, recent years, tourist sectors at all levels vigorously develop rural tourism products such as agritourism and Tibetan family hostels, which broadens the way of making money for farmers and herdsmen. Besides, training of tourism service is provided for farmers and herdsmen. The construction of public service facilities in rural travel programs and supporting tourism facilities are strengthened, which greatly improve living conditions for farmers and herdsmen.
Last year, Tibet's tourism revenue reached 28.1 billion yuan, accounting for more than 20% of the region's GDP.

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