China has launched a campaign to attract three million tourists to Tibet this year, after unrest saw a huge drop-off in tourists in 2008.
Xinhua said that the Chinese government’s campaign to lure three million visitors this year involved paying for a “bonus fund” for tourist operators, as well as stepped-up promotion activities. However, Xinhua gave no other details about the fund or other incentives, or whether the efforts would be target foreigners as well as domestic tourists.
China expert Rinchen Tashi says China’s launch of campaign to increase tourism to Tibet totally ignores Tibetans’ concern for environment, and economically Tibetans do not benefit at all from this latest campaign. Most of the tour operators and business enterprise owners are Chinese in Tibet, Tashi added.