Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that tourism from China during its National Day Golden Week next month is likely to be significantly slower than last year, as indicated by the number of travel applications received.
Taiwan has been receiving 4,000-5,000 travel applications per day for travel from China during the Oct. 1-7 national holiday, compared with an average 8,000 per day last year, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (???) said, citing National Immigration Agency (NIA) data.
The drop is in line with an overall decline this year in tourist arrivals from China, he said.
According to the NIA, the number of Chinese visitor arrivals to Taiwan in the period Sept. 1-25 was 46.6 percent lower than in the same period last year, with the number of group tourists dropping by 65.4 percent year-on-year.
Since May 20 when the Democratic Progressive Party came to office, Chinese tourist arrivals have declined 27.2 percent year-on-year, with the number visiting in tour groups falling 44 percent, according to NIA data valid as of Sept. 25.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel