Tourism Bureau optimistic about 6 million tourists target
The Tourism Bureau says it's optimistic about hitting its goal of six million tourist arrivals by the end of the year.
According to the bureau, figures from between January and June, which saw a total of nearly 2.7 million visitors, suggest it is likely to hit that target.
That figure is almost half the amount from the same period of 2019, when nearly six million visitors were recorded. Acting bureau director-general Zhou Ting-chang says visitor numbers from countries including South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are either on par with, or already exceed pre-coronavirus pandemic numbers.
Zhou says Japanese visitors are also returning, with European and the United States markets also performing relatively well. Data shows the largest number of visitors between January and June were from Hong Kong and Macau, followed by Japan and South Korea.