Tai­wan re­ceives nearly 5 mil. in­bound visi­tors in H1

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Some 4.99 mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited Tai­wan from over­seas in the first six months this year, with 55 per­cent of them com­ing from China, Hong Kong and Ma­cau, ac­cord­ing to the latest fig­ures re­leased by the Min­istry of the In­te­rior (MOI) Satur­day.

The num­ber of visi­tors to Tai­wan topped 9 mil­lion for the first time in 2014 and the Tai­wan gov­ern­ment has set a goal of bring­ing that num­ber to over 10 mil­lion this year.

The MOI sta­tis­tics also showed that, from Jan­uary to June, a to­tal of 22.87 mil­lion peo­ple en­tered or ex­ited Tai­wan, 8.3 per­cent more than the same pe­riod of last year.

Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port recorded the lion’s share of ar­rivals and de­par­tures with 16.8 mil­lion, or 73.5 per­cent. Kaoh­si­ung In­ter­na­tional Air­port (also known as Kaoh­si­ung Siao­gang Air­port) ranked sec­ond with 2.31 mil­lion, or 10.1 per­cent and Taipei Song­shan Air­port third next with 1.65 mil­lion, or 7.2 per­cent.

The num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ing through through Tai­wan’s off­shore is­land of Kin­men reached 860,000, 16.7 per­cent more than a year ago.

In terms of na­tion­al­i­ties of the in­bound and out­bound trav­el­ers, Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) pass­port hold­ers res­i­dent in Tai­wan were the ma­jor­ity at 56.2 per­cent, and peo­ple from China, Hong Kong and Ma­cau were the sec­ond largest group at 23.4 per­cent. For­eign na­tional ac­counted for 20.3 per­cent of the trav­el­ers.

Com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2014, growth was re- corded in all three cat­e­gories of trav­el­ers, with a 12 per­cent, 5.4 per­cent and 2.3 per­cent in­crease, re­spec­tively.

More than half ( 55 per­cent) of the 4.99 mil­lion in­bound visi­tors were peo­ple from China, Hong Kong and Ma­cau. The Ja­panese were the sec­ond largest group with 15% and the South Kore­ans third with 6.5 per­cent.

Over seven out of 10 in­bound trav­el­ers (70.9 per­cent) came to Tai­wan in the six-month pe­riod for sight­see­ing, 7.7 per­cent for busi­ness and 4 per­cent for vis­its with rel­a­tives.

When com­pared with last year, the in­crease in tourist num­bers was great­est with 49,538 more peo­ple, or 1.4 per­cent.

In the first half of this year, 6.48 mil­lion R.O.C. pass­port hold­ers trav­eled abroad. The most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions among the trav­el­ers were China with 44.5 and Ja­pan with 28.6%.

Ja­pan recorded the big­gest in­crease in the num­ber of Tai­wanese visi­tors with with 380,000, f ol­lowed by Thai­land with 130,000.

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