Taiwan receives nearly 5 mil. inbound visitors in H1
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.