Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwan recorded 2.97 million visitor arrivals in the first five months of this year, with Chinese travelers accounting for nearly half of that number, according to statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) Saturday.
China was the biggest source of visitor arrivals in that period, accounting for 48.9 percent, followed by Japan (20.4 percent) and the United States (5.5 percent), the data showed.
Most of the visits, 66.2 percent, were for tourism purposes, according to the figures.
Meanwhile, outbound visits from Taiwan totaled 4.1 million in the January to May period, with the top destinations being China (including Hong Kong and Macao) at 55.8 percent, Japan at 14.5 percent, and South Korea at 5 percent.
The ministry said the total number of visits by Taiwanese in and out of the country was 14.05 million in the first five months this year, which was an increase of 15.7 percent year-on-year.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport handled most of the passenger traffic (75 percent), followed by Kaohsiung International Airport (9.1 percent) and Taipei International Airport (7.6 percent), the data showed.
(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu)