Ti­bet firm to of­fer pol­icy for tourists with alti­tude sick­ness

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By DAQIONG and PALDEN NYIMA in Lhasa

Tourists who are forced to cut short their trips to Ti­bet for health rea­sons will soon be able to have their losses cov­ered by a new in­sur­ance pol­icy.

The Ti­bet Branch of Qo­molangma In­sur­ance, the au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s first lo­cal in­sur­ance com­pany, was founded on Thurs­day, the re­gional govern­ment an­nounced.

“The com­pany is in the process of re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing in­sur­ance prod­ucts to pay for tourists who are forced to shorten their vis­its by plateau at­ti­tude sick­nesses,” said Zhou Gui­quan, vice-pres­i­dent of Qo­molangma In­sur­ance.

Zhou said the com­pany was ex­pected to make th­ese in­sur­ance prod­ucts avail­able in 2017, and it will help ease tourists’ con­cerns when plan­ning trips to the re­gion.

“We hope Qo­molangma In­sur­ance will help to in­no­vate and en­rich in­sur­ance for vil­lages, farm­ers and agricul- ture in the re­gion,” said Xu Zhan­shan, re­gional govern­ment spokesman.

With the is­sue of poverty caused by ill­ness be­com­ing more prom­i­nent, the com­pany will work to launch in­sur­ance for ur­ban work­ers suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous diseases.

Zhou said such an ap­proach will help to re­duce the num­ber of ur­ban em­ploy­ees who end up in poverty due to se­ri­ous diseases.

Con­tact the writ­ers at daqiong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

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