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(repeat) Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) Taiwan's foreign exchange earnings from tourism totaled US$4.98 billion last year, setting an all-time record, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) under the Executive Yuan.
The statistics also show that forex earnings from tourism in the first six months of this year reached US$2.53 billion. It is uncertain whether the 2006 total will set another new high.
In terms of visitors, 2004 saw 2.95 million tourist arrivals, with the total growing to 3.38 million in 2005. For the first eight months of this year, tourist arrivals already reached 2.3 million, while the average cost of a hotel room increased to NT$3,131 per night.
The DGBAS indicated that Asians constituted 79.3 percent of tourist arrivals in 2005. The percentage reached 80 percent for the first eight months of this year, with tourists from Japan topping all other countries in terms of incoming visitors and accounting for 32.2 percent of the total sum.
The statistics also show that except for 2003, which saw tourist arrivals dropping 24.5 percent from 2002 because of the eruption of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the past several years have all showed steady growth in the number of visitors.
(By Han Nai-kuo) ENDITEM/diG

Updated : 2021-06-13 17:31 GMT+08:00