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Chinese tourists to be invited to pre-New Year party

A concert celebrating the approaching New Year’s Eve will be held this year for the first time especially for Chinese tour groups visiting Taiwan.

The event was initiated after the number of Chinese travelers to Taiwan last month and this month fell by about 20 percent from the same period last year, in the wake of safety concerns following landslides on the Suhua Highway in late October in which 19 Chinese tourists and a tour guide were killed.

More than 1,000 Chinese tourists from 28 groups will be invited to the show at the Shangrila Paradise resort in northern Taiwan’s Miaoli County on Wednesday, said Sunrise Travel Service, the organizer of the concert.

The concert will feature performances by the tourists themselves, as well as a Chinese host, an orchestra, an Aboriginal dance troupe and a fireworks display, -Sunrise chairman Ke Mu-chou (柯牧洲) said.

“The Chinese groups will be the focus of the night,” Ke said.

The concert is scheduled for Dec. 29 instead of the last day of the year because all the groups have different itineraries and flight schedules, Ke added.

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