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Kaohsiung council speaker anticipates next ARATS visit

ADD A DAY:Thousands of Chinese tourists visit Kaohsiung each day, but officials hope they can stay longer to enjoy scenic locations and shopping

Staff Writer, with CNA

Greater Kaohsiung hopes to solicit more Chinese visitors and business opportunities when China’s top negotiator with Taiwan visits the city later this month, a Greater Kaohsiung Council official said yesterday.

Council speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) said he was happy that China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (-ARATS) Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) was to visit the city.

Chen is expected to arrive with a 40-member delegation of representatives from the energy, steel, LED, logistics and infrastructure sectors later this month.

He will attend trade seminars and investment presentations in Taipei, visit Yunlin and -Chiayi counties, as well as Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung, during his stay.

Hsu, of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), said he would invite Chen to visit the city council and host a banquet for him.

“I’ll solicit more trade and tourism for Kaohsiung City during Chen’s visit,” he said.

He mentioned a particular interest in increasing direct flights between Kaohsiung and Chinese destinations to boost tourism in the area.

Kaohsiung Tourism Association chairman Tseng Fu-hsing (曾福興) said that although there are about 3,000 Chinese tourists in the city each day, most stay for just one day.

With this in mind, the tourism sector hopes to take Chen to scenic spots in Kaohsiung, as well as the downtown shopping areas, Tseng said.

“We hope China will increase the number of flights and tourists to Kaohsiung,” he added.

There are currently 26 direct flights between Kaohsiung and Chinese destinations per week.

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