Drop recorded in medical tourism from the mainland
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.