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Number of visitors rises by 2.59 percent
The number of inbound visitors reached 881,292 in the first quarter of this year, marking a 2.59 percent year-on-year increase, according to statistics released by the Tourism Bureau yesterday.
Japan remained the top source of visitors to Taiwan, while the number of passengers from South Korea posted the largest growth, Tourism Bureau officials said.
Japanese people made 306,898 visits to Taiwan in the first three months of the year, up 4.21 percent, according to the official tallies.
In March alone, the number of visitors from Japan hit a new single-month high of 120,599, up 10.18 percent from the year-earlier level. Moreover, both business travelers and leisure travelers registered solid gains during the month, the officials said without providing exact figures.
Another encouraging development during the first quarter of the year was a 16.58 percent year-on-year growth in the number of visitors from South Korea, the officials said, adding that the annual growth rate even reached 27 percent in March.
Mahjong qualifying
A qualifying round for the 2007 Mahjong World Championship began in Taipei yesterday, with 150 contestants taking part in three days of competition.
The competition in Taipei is part of a series of regional qualifying tournaments in Asia, Europe and North America.
The eight top winners in the Taipei event will qualify to move on to the semi-finals, to be held in June in either Denmark or Japan. A total of 20 finalists will earn the right to join the grand finale, the Mahjong World Championship, in November in the city of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province.
Mahjong is said to have originated in China about 2,500 years ago, but the four-person game assumed its current form in the 19th century.
Organizers of the Mahjong World Championship have indicated that they plan to turn the competition into an event "as big as the World Series of Poker," with television programming, corporate sponsorships and awards totaling millions of dollars.
Badminton golds
Taiwan won big at the International Badminton Federation World Senior Championship here yesterday, garnering seven gold medals.
Germany came in second place with five golds, while Japan and Thai shared third place with four golds a piece.
Taiwanese player Chang Wen-shong stole the show during yesterday's playoffs by capturing the gold both in men's single, and men's double for 45-year-olds.
The championship, which is held every four years, was hosted for the first time by Taiwan, in this its third edition and has drawn 300 foreign and 75 local competitors.


Updated : 2021-08-05 20:42 GMT+08:00