The number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan reached 3.11 million in the first nine months of the year, representing a 5.16 percent increase from the same period last year, Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君) said yesterday.
The growth rate was larger than the 2.91 percent year-on-year rise in the number of Taiwanese visitors to China over the same period, which stood at 4.08 million, Hsieh said in his speech to the opening of this year’s Cross-Strait Taipei Travel Fair.
Hsieh attended the fair, which is being held on the sidelines of the Taipei International Travel Fair at the Taipei World Trade Center, in his capacity as chairman of the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association.
There were more Taiwanese traveling to China than Chinese to Taiwan in the first nine months of the year; but in terms of growth rate, the flow of Chinese visitors to Taiwan was bigger, he said, citing statistics from the China National Tourism Administration.
Chinese traveling abroad are now the biggest international travelers, making them the visitors most nations want to attract, he said.
Travel packages such as “high-end quality tours,” “in-depth tours to Aboriginal tribes” and “Tours to Outlying Islands” were all designed to allow travelers to “experience Taiwan’s most beautiful customs,” Hsieh said.
The Cross-Strait Taipei Travel Fair and the Taipei International Travel Fair run through Monday.
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