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Taipei aims to diversify tourists’ country of origin

Taipei aims to diversify tourists’ country of origin

Taipei aims to diversify visitors' nation of origin

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Sunday that Taipei City has made a plan to attract more tourists from Japan, the ASEAN member countries and Muslim countries to avoid “putting all the eggs in one basket.”

Rumors have been circulating among Taiwan’s industries related to tourism that China could cut down the number of Chinese tourists allowed to visit Taiwan.

Answering a media question regarding the rumor, Ko said during a visit to San Francisco that he hopes the cross-Strait relations are based on goodwill, urging China not to use business as a means to push for its political agenda.

Taipei City Government has held internal meetings regarding the issue and decided on a tourism promotion plan for this year to attract more visitors from Japan, the 10 ASEAN member countries and Muslim countries, Ko said. The purpose of the plan is to diversify country of origin of foreign tourists in Taipei to avoid “putting all the eggs in one basket,” he added.

According to Tourism Bureau’s visitor arrival statistics, Taiwan last year welcomed a total of 10,439,785 visitors, of which 5,697,699 hailed from China (including Hong Kong and Macao), accounting for more than 50 percent of all foreigners visiting Taiwan last year. About 83 percent of all Chinese visitors came to Taiwan for pleasure last year, according to the same statistics.