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Large majority of Chinese tourists happy with trips

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

An overwhelming majority of Chinese tourists were satisfied with their trips to Taiwan, a visiting official of China’s quasi-official Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association said on Saturday.

“Up to 86.4 percent of respondents to a survey of mainland visitors to Taiwan were happy with their sightseeing visits,” said Li Yaying (李亞瑩), deputy secretary-general of the association.

Li said her association has so far not received any complaints from Chinese citizens who have visited Taiwan on sightseeing trips since an agreement to expand tourism exchanges last year.

Li expressed concerns, however, about reports that Taiwan is accepting low-price Chinese tour groups and that some Taiwanese travel agencies have handed over such groups once they arrive in Taiwan to local travel companies that are not authorized to handle Chinese nationals.

Hsieh Wei-chun (謝謂君), deputy director of Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, said the bureau will never compromise on travel quality standards and will make every possible effort to ensure that all Taiwan tour packages are reasonably priced.

Wu Chao-yen (吳朝彥), the Tourism Bureau’s chief secretary, said that if any travel agency is found to have transferred a Chinese tour group to an unauthorized local travel agency, it will be barred from hosting any Chinese tour group for one to six months.

Meanwhile, Hsieh said the number of daily Chinese tourist arrivals is expected to reach the 3,000 person-per-day cap in the near future.

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