Swiss visitors rank as biggest local hotel spenders
Visitors from Switzerland retained the title as the biggest spenders on Taiwan’s hotel stays in 2014, according to a survey released by multinational hotel online booking agency Hotels.com.
The survey showed that Swiss visitors spent NT$4,901 (US$156) on average for their stay in Taiwan’s hotels per night, the highest spending among the tourists in 22 countries and regions polled by Hotels.com.
Spending by Swiss tourists for hotel stays per night recorded last year rose 17 percent from a year earlier, and the growth was the highest among the 22 countries and regions in the survey, Hotels. com said.
According to statistics compiled by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, a total of 8,708 people from Switzerland visited Taiwan in 2014, up from 8,030 recorded in 2013.
While visitors from Switzerland represented only a small fraction of the total foreign arrivals of 9.91 million, the survey showed that the European country boasted the strongest consumption in Taiwan’s hotel business.
The Hotels. com survey indicated that although visitors from China and Japan were the larg- est sources of foreign arrivals in Taiwan, their spending on hotel lodging per night has been on the decline.
The average spending by Chinese visitors to Taiwan on their hotel stay per night for 2014 fell 7 percent from a year earlier to NT$ 3,806, while visitors from Japan spent 4 percent less than a year ago on their hotel stay per night with the average spending at NT$3,761.
The government statistics showed that the number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan rose to 3.99 million in 2014 from 2.87 million recorded in 2013. The number of Japan’s visitors to Taiwan also rose to 1.63 million last year from 1.42 million seen a year ago, the official data showed.
Among the 22 countries and regions in the Hotels.com survey, visitors from Hong Kong spent the least on their stay in Taiwan’s hotels per night. The average spending by Hong Kong visitors stood at NT$3,239 in 2014, down 3 percent from a year earlier, the survey showed. In 2014, the number of visitors from Hong Kong and Macau to Taiwan totaled 1.38 million, up from 1.18 million recorded in 2013, the government data indicated.