FROM ISSUE #152 (04 JULY 2003 - 10 JULY 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Chinese government has finally lifted its restrictions on entering Tibet after the SARS scare. Air China, previously known as China South West Airlines, resumed its twice weekly flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa on Tuesday. Air China has already recorded an increase in reservations after the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu began issuing visas this week after nearly two months. More than 60 applicants received visas on Monday and an equal number flew to Lhasa the following day. The reopening of Tibet has come as a relief to tourism entrepreneurs in Kathmandu who sell packages that include Tibet and Bhutan. Tibet is a popular tourist destination between May and October.