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Visa-free waivers boost number of Taiwanese to U.S., Europe

Visa-free waivers boost number of Taiwanese to U.S., Europe

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The number of Taiwanese travelers visiting the United States and Europe have increased thanks to the preferential visa-free treatment they enjoy, according to official statistics. The number of Taiwanese travelers to the U.S. has grown by over 40 percent since Nov. 1, 2012, when Taiwan was included in the U.S. visa waiver program, said Kin W. Moy, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan, Saturday. The visa waiver program provides convenience for Taiwanese people to visit the U.S. for sightseeing and business, Moy said at the Taipei International Travel Fair. In 2014, a total of 413,048 Taiwanese nationals entered the U.S. for visits, representing a growth of 7.4 percent from the previous year, U.S. Department of Commerce statistics show. The figure indicated Taiwan was one of the 20 countries contributing the most travelers to the U.S. last year, according to the department. Meanwhile, Wang Tsung-sheng (???), head of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau's office in Germany, said in London Friday that the number of Taiwanese people traveling to Europe reached 197,251 in the first nine months of the year, up 3.15 percent from the same period last year. Among them, 43,432 people visited the United Kingdom, up 2.73 percent, Wang said, noting that the U.K. was the most popular tourist destination for Taiwanese travelers, followed by Germany and France. Taiwan has benefited from the U.K. visa waiver treatment since 2009, and since Jan.11, 2011, Taiwanese passport holders no longer need a visa to travel to the European Union for short stays. (By Chen Wei-ting, Jennifer Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 14:26 GMT+08:00