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Beijing tourism revenue to reach $35 bln in 2009

Beijing is likely to report 240 billion yuan (35.1 billion U.S. dollars) in tourism revenue in 2009, up 8 percent from the previous year, a municipal tourism official said here Friday.

The growth came after 2 million free entrance tickets of major tourist sites were offered this year amid other measures to boost tourism, Gu Xiaoyuan, deputy director of the municipal tourism bureau, told a conference on Beijing tourism market.

Of all, the revenue in foreign exchange earnings was estimated at 4.46 billion U.S. dollars, flat from last year, Gu said.

The revenue earned from domestic tourists is likely to exceed 210 billion yuan, up more than 10 percent year on year.

The Chinese capital hosted 125.2 million domestic and overseas tourists in the year to September, an increase of 20 percent from the same period last year.

Tourism revenue in the nine-month period climbed 16.5 percent to 186.2 billion yuan.