July saw the highest monthly passenger flow in the history of civil aviation in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region, which began in 1965. However, others are worried that the region’s rich cultural history might suffer as a result of the increase in tourists.
The Tibet office of the Civil Aviation Administration of China informed the Chinese official media Xinhua that seven civil airports in Tibet served 770,000 passengers in July, an increase of 31.6% over the same month previous year. A record number of 5,936 flights were successfully operated by the civil aviation industry in the same month, representing a slight 2.4% increase over the previous year.
The beauty of Tibet’s landscapes, the grandeur of its mountains, and the diversity of its ethnic and religious communities all contribute to the region’s appeal as a tourist destination. After China adjusted its reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak, the tourist business in the area saw a renaissance. However, as the number of tourists increases, issues of commercialization and distortion of Tibetan culture have come to the fore.