Tourism takes off during Five-Year Plan

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, which oversees several medium-sized cities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, reported a robust development of its tourism industry during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), with revenue hitting 60 billion yuan ($9.38 billion), up 215 percent from the previous five years.

The area the XPCC administers boasts natural beauty, historical heritage and diverse specialties-all popular attractions for tourists.

A slew of measures and policies have been rolled out to bolster the tourism industry, covering market supervision, environmental protection and personnel training, according to the XPCC. “Problems restricting tourism development have been solved and a comprehensive regulation system has been created,” said local officials.

The area now has three major tourism zones along the Tarim Basin, the Tianshan Mountains and its western borders.

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