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Tibet a tourist haven for 2008

26 January 2009 12:11

Tibet a tourist haven for 2008

Tourists are increasingly heading to the farthest corners of the globe, with tourism figures in Tibet expected to hit new highs in 2008.

The tiny Chinese-ruled region has long conjured thoughts of mountain tops, monks and meditation, and millions of tourists are now heading to the area to soak up years of tradition and culture.

According to the Chinese Xinhua news agency, tourism chiefs in Tibet estimated a record high of 4.02 million tourists in 2007, with a 64 per cent increase forecast for next year.

Zhang Qingli of the Communist Party of China said that the past year had been "the golden time of Tibet tourism".

He added: "The traditional low season of tourism usually beginning after the Golden Week of National Holiday in October, seems not low at all."

Tourists heading to Tibet or any other nation or area off the beaten track are urged to make sure they have adequate travel insurance, while students heading overseas on their gap year and looking to stop in Tibet for something completely different should look into gap year travel insurance or backpacking travel insurance to cover themselves should anything go wrong.