Drop recorded in med­i­cal tourism from the main­land

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Chi­nese na­tion­als ap­pear to be los­ing in­ter­est in Tai­wan as a des­ti­na­tion for health checks and aes­thetic med­i­cal treat­ments, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased Satur­day by the Min­istry of the In­te­rior.

In 2014, the num­ber of Chi­nese na­tion­als who vis­ited Tai­wan for health checks and aes­thetic treat­ments was 54,433, a de­crease of 40,884 from 2013, when the fig­ure was 95,317, the data showed.

Chi­nese na­tion­als made 3.95 mil­lion vis­its to Tai­wan in 2014, an in­crease of 1.1 mil­lion vis­its, or 38.6 per­cent, from the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the statis­tics.

The data in­di­cated that 3.32 mil­lion (84.3 per­cent) of the Chi­nese vis­i­tors last year came for tourism pur­poses, 154,799 (3.9 per­cent) for pro­fes­sional ex­changes, and 111,995 (2.8 per­cent) for busi­ness.

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