‘Golden Week’ main­land tourists to break records

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Record num­bers of main­land Chi­nese tourists are ex­pected to visit Tai­wan dur­ing China’s week­long Na­tional Day hol­i­day which started on Oct. 1, Taipeibased China Times re­ported on Sun­day.

More than 90,000 Chi­nese tourists are likely to visit dur­ing the week, a ma­jor in­crease on last year’s level of nearly 80,000, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, which cited sta­tis­tics com­piled by the Na­tional Immigration Agency.

A record sin­gle-day high of 16,171 in­de­pen­dent tourists from China ar­rived in Tai­wan on Oct. 1, out­pac­ing the 14,000 recorded last year, while 8,587 Chi­nese tourists came to Tai­wan as part of tour groups on the same day, the re­port in­di­cated.

The Tourism Bureau es­ti­mated that the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists ar­riv­ing in Tai­wan dur­ing the “Golden Week” would in­crease by 10 per­cent this year, gen­er­at­ing NT$500 mil­lion (US$15.17 mil­lion) in tourist dol­lars, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Each Chi­nese tourist spends an av­er­age of US$242 per day, sec­ond only to that of Ja­panese visi­tors. Ho­tels, travel agen­cies, spe­cialty prod­uct shops and air­lines would ben­e­fit most from this spend­ing, the bureau said.

A Shinkong Mit­sukoshi ex­ec­u­tive was re­ported as say­ing the depart­ment store would make a min­i­mum of NT$2 bil­lion in rev­enue from Chi­nese tourists this year, about 50 per­cent of yearly rev­enue gen­er­ated by for­eign visi­tors.

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