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The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region experienced a travel boom
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ntinue through the rest of 2019, according to a recent report by the region’s government.
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t 76 million visits, up 46 per-cent year-on-year. Revenue generated by tourism exc
上海419品茶微信eeded 115 billion yuan ($16 billion), registering an increase of about 48 percent over the same period last year.
Urumqi, Ili Kazak autonomous prefecture and Changji Hui autonomous pre
fecture were the three hottest destinations for travelers in the past half year. Yea
-on-year, Urumqi saw a 56 percent increase in travelers, Ili Kazak saw 81 per-cent, and Changji Hui 46 percent.上海419
Domestic travelers accounted for 98 percent of those visiting the region, w
hile the top three sources of overseas visitors were Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.
上海419品茶微信According to the report, tourism will maintain high-speed growth of 40 percent in the next half year thanks to sta
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Zhang Xiaoyu, general secretary of the Xinjiang Tourism Association, said that winter use
d to be the slack season for Xinjiang because of the rather low temperatures and heavy snow.
上海419品茶微信”Numerous scenic spots were shut down when winter came, but they grew
to be new attractions to travelers thanks to the popularity of winter tourism,” he said.
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more than the 69 that opened around that time last year, according to the report.
上海419品茶微信Scenic spots also saw an increase in travelers during the winter. Zha
ng said that the region offers diversified entertainment to travelers during the season.
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Jiang Wenlai, a professor at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
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Yu Fawen, a research fellow at the Institute of Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
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orporated into Russia in 2014 following a referendum and due to Moscow’s alleged interference in Ukraine.
Moscow responded with counter-sanctions, which include
d impediments on the importation of some goods, including food, from Western countries.
However, Putin said the sanctions had a positive effect because they forced Russia to “switch
on its brains” and develop some sectors of its economy, including high technology.
Putin said that, after the introduction of sanctions, Russia launched an import substitution pr
ogram in the amount of 667 billion rubles (around 10.6 billion dollars) to develop lagging areas.
The Q&A session was Putin’s 17th. The first Direct Line with Vladimir Putin was held in la
te 2001. Since then, the event was held annually, except for 2004 and 2012, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.