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Tibet opens its first five-star hotel 12,000ft above sea level

Luxury hotel so high that each room is fitted with oxygen tank

The luxury hotel is so high that each room is fitted with a tank of oxygen just in case guests feel they need a few extra breaths

Lhasa St. Regis Hotel, opening in the region’s capital Lhasa, is a high-end property in the tourism market, said Guo Yan, chairman of Yungao International Hotel, the hotel’s investor.

Wang Songping, deputy chief of the tourism bureau of Tibet, said construction of the Shangri-La Hotel and InterContinental Hotel would start this year. “According to the region’s five-year plan, there will be five five-star hotels in the region by 2015,” Wang said.

“Tibet has abundant tourism resources but is short of elite tourism facilities, but the international hotels coming to Tibet will help promote tourism in the region.”

Tibet envisions 15 million tourists arriving per year by 2015, generating a total tourism income of up to 18 billion yuan, according to the region’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

The design of the St Regis Lhasa is inspired by a nearby and still active monastery and is the highest altitude hotel in the world.

The 150-suite hotel, which also has 12 private villas, is in the capital Lhasa and heralds the start of a new era of tourism in the region.

Apparently, locals say demand for luxury travel in Tibet is on the rise and other similar five-star hotels and boutique hotels are opening their doors, including one in the 300-year-old Jokhang Temple.

The hotel, which also has 12 private villas, is in the capital Lhasa and heralds the start of a new era of tourism in the region

This article written by Valere Tjolle, editor of the Sustainable Tourism Report Suite. The article is quoted from TravelMole and published June 2011.

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