Few­er­touristsvis­it­ingTai­wan

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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.

YIN GANG / XINHUA

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