Nov 28, 2017CultureComments Off on 10m tourists for year still possible: Official
The head of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, Chou Yung-hui, said Tuesday it is still possible the country could receive 10 million tourists for the year.
2016 set a record, with 10.7 million tourists coming to Taiwan. But tourists from mainland China made up 40% of that figure. There has been a sharp drop-off in tourist arrivals from China this year. That is partly due to the current political standoff in cross-strait relations. There have been some 670,000 fewer Chinese tourist arrivals this year compared to last year. Tour group arrivals are down 43% and independent tourist numbers are down 23%.
Despite this, Chou said there is still a chance that Taiwan could see 10 million tourist arrivals for the year before Christmas. Speaking on Discovery's TLC travel channel on Tuesday, the tourism chief said he was cautiously optimistic this figure will be achieved.
Chou said the goal for 1 million tourists from South Korea is set to be reached. He said the goal for 2 million tourists from Japan is slightly behind but there is still a chance for a turnaround.