Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Chen Tan (???) projected Wednesday a decrease of 600,000 in the number of Chinese tourists to Taiwan this year, but said total annual foreign visitor arrivals are expected to reach 10 million.
Despite a recent decline in the number of visitors from China, the outlook for Taiwan's tourism is optimistic, Ho Chen said.
He said the relevant authorities will try to restore Chinese tourists' confidence in travel safety in Taiwan and ease their concerns over political uncertainty.
In 2015, Taiwan recorded 10,439,785 foreign visitor arrivals, 4,184,102 of which were from China, official data shows.
Since the new government took office in Taiwan in May, however, there has been a 30 percent decline year-on-year in the number of Chinese tourists on group tours to Taiwan.
In July alone, Chinese visitor numbers were down 15.03 percent year-on-year, after falling about 12 percent in May and June.
Ho Chen said the situation is temporary and Taiwan has no reason to lose confidence in its tourism sector simply because of "a slight change."
The overall output value of the country's tourism sector is expected to grow 3 percent this year to NT$500 billion (US$15.76 billion), he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan