Swiss vis­i­tors rank as big­gest lo­cal ho­tel spenders

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

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.

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