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'No foreign limits' on holidays to Tibet

A LEADING official with the Tibet Autonomous Regional Tourism Administration confirmed yesterday there were no restrictions on foreigners' travel to Tibet during the National Day holiday season.

Wang Songping, deputy chief of the Tibet tourism administration, said rumors of the region imposing limits on foreigners' travel were "untrue."

"We have not imposed any restrictions banning foreign tourists' travel," Wang said in the regional capital of Lhasa.

The number of domestic and overseas tourists to Tibet will rise by a big margin during this year's National Day holiday, Wang said, citing tourism figures already at hand.

Lhasa tourism firms have received reservations from 36 travel groups, including 12 with 50 foreign tourists.

The number of group reservations Lhasa-based travel agencies had received for the period this year exceeded record numbers achieved in 2007, according to Wang.

Because of factors such as the growing number of travel groups to Tibet and limited capacity, some Tibetan travel agencies might have made adjustments to the travel schedules of some tourist groups to guarantee the best service for tourists during their stay in the plateau region.

Tibet hosted more than 4.09 million domestic and overseas tourists in the first eight months of this year, up 248.1 percent.

This year's National Day holiday season, starting from October 1, will last for eight days, the longest on record.


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