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Tibet received a record number of visitors in 2014

Mount Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk monastery, Tibet.
Mount Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk monastery, Tibet. Image by Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn) / CC BY 2.0

Tourism to Tibet was booming in 2014 with a record 15 million visitors – a 20% increase from 2013. More than 51,000 people visited the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, which was a 6% increase on the previous year. The region also saw a record 3.15 million air passengers, likely due to an increased number of flights to Tibet’s five airports, most of them from mainland China. The government plans to implement a new road to Everest Base Camp in 2015, along with building a tourist village nearby to accommodate visitors. Read more: traveldailymedia.com