The nation’s 8 millionth international visitor could arrive between 1pm and 2:30pm today, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.
Data from the National Immigration Agency (NIA) showed that 7.96 million inbound tourists had entered the nation by Sunday.
It forecast that the 8 millionth visitor could arrive this afternoon.
As the tourist could arrive through any airport or seaport, the bureau said that it has dispatched personnel to greet the person at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, Tainan Airport and Shueitou (水頭) Port in Kinmen.
The ports of entry are to host a ceremony to welcome the 8th millionth visitor at wherever they arrive.
The bureau said past experience shows that the visitor is likely to arrive at Taipei International Airport or Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Hsi-tsung (張錫聰) said that the bureau has prepared 80 different gifts to welcome the 8 millionth visitor, including round-trip flight tickets to anywhere in Asia, electronic devices and accommodation.
Previously, the bureau had set a goal of having 7.7 million visitors this year. That goal was met on Dec. 21.