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Chinese citizens make 660,000 visits to Taiwan in 1st year

Chinese citizens make 660,000 visits to Taiwan in 1st year

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Chinese people have made about 660,000 visits to Taiwan since the island largely relaxed restrictions on such visits last July, up 136.57 percent year-on-year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo said Friday.
Among the visit, 373,697 were tourist trips, marking a whopping 408.81 percent annual growth, Mao said at a news conference on the ministry's work agenda and major policy goals.
"The records are amazing in comparison with those of other countries," Mao noted.
It took Japan five years to realize its goal of attracting 650,000 Chinese tourists a year and it took South Korea seven years to reach the goal of luring 700,000 Chinese tourists annually, Mao said.
Malaysia managed to attract 680,000 Chinese tourists in the 18th year of its market opening and the number of annual Chinese tourist arrivals to Thailand and Singapore didn't break the 600,000 mark until the 10th year and 12th year, respectively.
In the first six months of this year, Chinese citizens made 472,425 visits to Taiwan, up 260 percent from the same period of last year. Of the visits, 312,438 were tourist trips, up 988.18 percent year-on-year.
In contrast, Mao said, the number of Chinese visitors to South Korea only registered a marginal 0.2 percent increase while the numbers of Chiense tourist arrivals in Singapore and Thailand all posted double-digit declines.
The minister further said the total number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan is expected to reach between 700,000 and 900,000 this year, of which the numebr of sightseeing trips expected to break the 600,000 mark.
Citing the results of a recent survey, Mao said Chinese visitors, including those in Taiwan on business, spend an average of US$231.1 in the country per person per day. If each of them stays an average of seven days in Taiwan on each visit, they are expected to contribute NT$35.2 billion (US$1.07 billion) in foreign exchange revenues to Taiwan annually.
Survey results also show that the per capita daily spending of Chinese tourists tops an average of US$295, bringing in an estimated NT$25.2 billion (US$763.64 million) in tourist revenues.
Noting that Tourism Bureau Director-General Janice Lai is now heading a delegation of travel promoters on a visit in Beijing, Mao said the group will seek measures to ensure steady qualitative and quantitative growth in cross-strait travel.
The topic of whether Taiwan should open its door for individual Chinese tourists will also be discussed during Lai's visit, Mao added.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2022-01-23 07:46 GMT+08:00

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