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Other Asian nations provide 90 percent of tourists: ministry

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Tourists from other Asian countries accounted for nearly 90 percent of arrivals in Taiwan last year, with their visits posting double-digit percentage growth for the fifth consecutive year, a report published by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications showed.

The report showed that a total of 8.02 million international tourists visited the nation last year, an increase of 9.6 percent compared with 2012. On average, the nation welcomed about 22,000 overseas tourists per day.

Of the international visitors, approximately 7.14 million came from Asia, which accounted for 89.1 percent. Compared with 2012, the number of Asian tourists last year grew by 10.3 percent, the report said.

China topped the list of the Asian countries from which Taiwan received visitors, with about 2.87 million arriving from across the Taiwan Strait last year.

Though China’s implementation of a Travel Act had slightly slowed the growth, the number of Chinese tourists visiting last year nevertheless increased by 11.1 percent compared with 2012. They were followed by visitors from Japan, which had 1.42 million people visiting last year.

However, the report said that Japanese visitors declined by 0.8 percent compared with 2012 due to the devaluation of the yen, which in turn lowered Japanese interest in traveling overseas.

The number of tourists from Hong Kong and Macau reached a total of 1.18 million, registering growth of 16.4 percent compared with 2012.

Tourists from the two Chinese special administrative regions first hit the million mark in 2012.

Taiwan also had about 414,000 tourists from the US, 394,000 from Malaysia, 365,000 from Singapore, 351,000 from South Korea, 171,000 from Indonesia, 47,000 from Germany and 32,000 from France.

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