Applications fromindividual mainland tourists to travel to Taiwan dropped by 15 percent between March 23 and April 5, while the number of group travelers dropped by 30 percent, according to the island’s TourismDepartment.
The number of visits to Taiwan might see a yearon-year drop for the first time in 17 years, the department said in a statement on Tuesday.
Last year, more than 10.4 million visitswere made to Taiwan by tourists fromthe mainland. During the first two months of this year, therewere 1.78 million visits, of which 40 percent were by tourists fromthe Chinese mainland. The department said the number dropped rapidly in the past two weeks.
According to Xinhua News Agency, mainland travelers have been reluctant to visit the island because of the uncertainty of cross-Straits relations. They alsoworry about service quality and safety while in Taiwan, it said.
The reduction also might reflect that mainland tourists are increasingly interested in other destinations, including European countries, Xinhua said.
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