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Taiwan sees fewer Chinese tourists in June: Transport minister

2016/07/07 13:24:44

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said Thursday that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan in June posted a bigger year-on-year drop than in May, although the country received more foreign travelers in the two-month period compared with the same period of last year.

Ho Chen was responding to a legislator during a legislative session who asked about total tourist arrivals in Taiwan in June, following a report showing that the number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan in May posted a 12 percent drop year-on-year.

Ho Chen also said he did not know if there has been a shift in China's tourism policy when asked to comment on a report that China will temporarily halt allowing its citizens to visit Taiwan from July 24 as the result of a missile misfire by Taiwan's Navy into the Taiwan Strait July 1.

However, the total number of foreign travelers to Taiwan in May and June has grown, showing that the Tourism Bureau's efforts to diversify the sources of visitors to Taiwan in recent years have borne fruit, Ho Chen added.

According to Tourism Bureau statistics, Taiwan registered 4.61 million visitor arrivals from January to May, up 10.23 percent from the same period of last year, with the biggest increase seen in arrivals from South Korea, which posted an annual 20.29 percent growth.

During the period, arrivals from Japan showed the second-biggest year-on-year growth of 19.33 percent, while arrivals from Malaysia registered 9.81 percent growth and those from Hong Kong and Macau saw growth of 9.45 percent.

The number of travelers from China increased 5.72 percent for the first five months of this year, but in May and June, arrivals from China posted a 15 percent decline, according to the data.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)