Tourist arrivals expected to hit new record levels in 2024
Courtesy of ICRT
Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai says he believes the number of tourists choosing to visit Taiwan could return to pre-Covid pandemic levels from next year.
Speaking at a legislative hearing, Wang said the number of arrivals is expected to reach 12-million next year - a figure he said is on par with pre-pandemic levels.
Wang also warned that Chinese tour groups are unlikely to return to Taiwan until next year. The government reopened Taiwan to Chinese nationals on short-term business visas in August and allowed Chinese tourists to enter Taiwan from a third location on 1 September. However, Beijing's bans on both independent and group travel to Taiwan remain in effect.
The transport minister says despite the Tsai administration's "friendly gesture of reopening cross-strait tourist exchanges" there has been no reaction from China so far.
The Tourism Administration has said it's planning to open more overseas offices, including one in Busan, South Korea in November and in Indonesia and India next year, as part of its efforts to attract more foreign visitors.