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Cross-strait travel nearly breaks 10 million visits in 2014

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) A total of 9.35 million people from Taiwan and China visited each other's country in 2014, prompting cross-Taiwan Strait tourism promotion organizations to call for upgrades in services to attract more visitors. Taiwan Strait Tourism Association deputy chief Chang Shi-chung (???), who is also the deputy director-general of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, said Tuesday at a meeting of cross-strait travel agents in Taipei that he expected travel businesses in Taiwan and China to offer more high-quality and consumer-oriented travel products. Liu Kezhi (???), deputy chief of the Beijing-based Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association, said 3.99 million Chinese visited Taiwan last year, helping generate NT$200 billion (US$6.38 billion) in tourism revenues for Taiwan. During that same period, 5.36 million Taiwanese visited China, Liu said. Attaining the 10 million mark in terms of cross-strait visitor exchanges "is just around the corner," he said. (By Angela Tsai and Elizabeth Hsu)