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Chinese tour group visits down 36% month-to-date

Chinese tour group visits down 36% month-to-date

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan has seen a 35.7 annual drop in Chinese tour groups in the first 20 days of October, the result of a new ban in China on low-cost, low-quality tours. According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, local travel agents expected the sector to be hit hard by China's ban, which as of Oct. 1 outlaws "free" or low-cost tours that make up revenue from commissions for forcing travelers into mandatory shopping trips. Officials remain confident that the change is for the best. In the long run, it will boost both the quality and quantity of group travel from China to the benefit of both visitors and businesses, the bureau said. Statistics show only 54,705 Chinese people traveled to Taiwan in sightseeing tour groups in the first 20 days of the month, which is usually a peak month for travel thanks to the weeklong break for China's national day. At the same time, the bureau said that the number of travelers who were not part of a tour group rose to 26,157 in the first 10 days of the month, but did not provide the figures for the same period last year. Encouraged by growth in independent tourists, the Tourism Bureau said it plans to raise the ceiling on the number of incoming individuals from China from the current 2,000 per day to 3,000, pending discussions with the National Immigration Agency. (By Lin Shen-hsu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-07-30 00:53 GMT+08:00