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9 millionth tourist lavished with gifts worth NT$500,000

Staff writer, with CNA

Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh, left, yesterday presents gifts to Lo Tak-pui of Hong Kong, right, who on Tuesday became the 9 millionth international tourist to Taiwan this year, at a ceremony in Taipei.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The nation’s first 9 millionth overseas visitor in one year — who was showered with gifts yesterday to mark the milestone — said he intends to visit again.

“Thank you so much; thank you so much,” said Lo Tak-pui (羅迪標), a 67-year-old from Hong Kong who is making his first visit to Taiwan, along with his two children.

While Lo appeared to be overwhelmed and was rendered nearly speechless, his son said that the family was very grateful and would definitely visit the nation again.

Having arrived on Tuesday, Lo’s son said the family would tour Taipei night markets to sample Taiwanese food and visit the old mining town of Jiufen (九份).

Lo was given NT$500,000 (US$16,000) in gifts, including round-trip tickets between Taiwan and any other Asian nation and vouchers for hotel accommodations, consumer electronics and souvenirs.

It was the first time the nation had hosted 9 million visitors in a year.

Since this month is a peak travel time, Taiwan is likely to see 9.8 million foreign arrivals by the end of the year, Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君) said.

The tourist influx translates to about NT$380 billion in output value and 100,000 job opportunities, Hsieh said.

To prepare for the more than 10 million international visitors expected each year beginning next year, the bureau plans to provide a more convenient travel environment, including more free Wi-Fi hotspots and multi-language travel services, Hsieh said.

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