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Thailand eyeing over 400,000 Taiwanese tourists in 2013

Thailand eyeing over 400,000 Taiwanese tourists in 2013

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) A senior Thailand tourism official said during a just-concluded travel fair in Taipei that his country is expecting about 400,000 Taiwanese tourists to visit by the end of 2013 amid increasing travel exchanges between the two countries. The goal seems reasonable, as nearly 350,000 Taiwanese visited Thailand between January and August this year, an 80 percent year-on-year increase, according to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. Annual visits to Thailand by Taiwanese tourists could continue to grow by 4 percent to 510,000 by the end of 2014, when the Southeast Asian country projects a total of 28 million overseas tourists, said Suraphon Svetasreni, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Thailand has traditionally been one of the most popular destinations for Taiwanese travelers, and Svetasreni said his country has been promoting more diverse and in-depth travel options to expand the local market base. "Taiwanese know Thailand quite well but they need information about new places," he said at the Taipei International Travel Fair, which ran Oct. 18-21. To cash in on Taiwanese tourists, Svetasreni said his authority will especially focus on first-time visitors, particularly youth groups and students. Business travelers and golfers will also be major targets, he added. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-08-01 13:28 GMT+08:00