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Tourist numbers set to reach 5.5 million

Staff Writer, with CNA

Tourist arrivals in Taiwan are expected to exceed 5.5 million this year and soar to 6.5 million next year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo (毛治國) said yesterday.

Addressing the opening of a tourism promotion conference, Mao said the number of visitors this year broke the 5 million mark on Nov. 26, surging past the 4.4 million recorded for the whole of last year.

By the end of this year, Mao said, tourist arrivals could reach 5.5 million.

“It is a remarkable feat to register such a big increase in just one year,” he said.

Citing an estimate by the -Tourism Bureau, he said the number of visitors will rise in the coming year to a new high of 6.5 million.

Nevertheless, he also said that Taiwan’s tourism industry is now at a critical juncture and needs to be restructured.

The tourism conference is being held under the theme “new products, new markets and new trends,” he said. “It is a brainstorming session to devise innovative and marketable packages to attract more foreign tourists to Taiwan and to offer local and foreign travelers a brand new travel experience.”

Mao said that operators in the cultural, creative, medical, healthcare, shopping and exhibition service sectors should pool their ideas, to create new business opportunities and offer attractive deals to visitors from around the world.

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