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LA to roll out red carpet for first Taiwanese on visa free trip

LA to roll out red carpet for first Taiwanese on visa free trip

Los Angeles, Oct. 29 (CNA) Los Angeles is making a special effort to welcome the first batch of Taiwanese who will be visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), a tourism official in Los Angeles said Monday. "We're working together to roll out the red carpet for the first Taiwanese visa waiver passengers coming in Nov. 1," said Patti MacJennett, deputy director of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. "We understand in Los Angeles how important that will be for us," MacJennett added. She said tourism is one of the leading industries in Los Angeles, providing one in 10 jobs and contributing US$15.2 billion annually to the city's economy, International travelers are important because they make up about 20 percent of the total number of visitors to Los Angeles and account for more than a third of the total spending by tourists in the West Coast city, MacJennett said. Taiwan is among the top 10 international markets, she said, citing data that showed about 89,000 Taiwanese traveled to Los Angeles last year. This year, the number is expected to rise to about 100,000, she added. With Taiwan's admission into the VWP, the number of visitors from Taiwan to the U.S. is expected to increase by about 25 percent a year, according to MacJennett. Statistics show that around 30 percent of Taiwanese tourists to Los Angeles visit to see family members, 35 percent for business purposes and around 28 percent for sightseeing, she said. The city's tourism board is working with Universal Studios and the management of other tourist attractions to draw more Taiwanese visitors, she said. Taiwan's admission to the VWP was approved Oct. 2 and takes effect Nov. 1. (By Oscar Wu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-04 08:49 GMT+08:00