TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The number of international visitors coming to Taiwan decreased by almost 6 percent for the first six-month period; meanwhile, there is a steady growth in the number of Taiwanese going abroad.
According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, for the period from January to June, the total number of visitor arrivals to Taiwan was 5.12 million, declining by 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year. The total arrivals reported for tourism purpose was 3.16 million, which was a 6.9 percent year-over-year decrease.
The data showed a significant decrease in the number of Chinese tourists and concluded that this was the lowest number of tourists from China in five years, around 1.26 million visitors. However, visitor arrivals from other countries increased, with visitors from South Korea contributing by 30.2 percent to the total number.
Arrivals from Hong Kong and Macau increased 7.6 percent to 810,000 and from Japan 1.2 percent to 890,000.
In addition, the number of Taiwanese going abroad continued a growing trend to record 7.75 million in the first six months with Japan remaining the top destination. According to the statistics, 2.32 million Taiwanese visitors traveled to Japan, 1.92 million to China, and 1.18 million to Hong Kong and Macau .