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Taiwan's Inbound Visitors Hit Record High in 2013

Mar 04, 2014 | By CENS

Taiwan witnessed 8.016 million visitor arrivals in 2013, during which 11.053 million Taiwanese traveled abroad, both figures being the highest on record, with the former seeing annual rise of 9.6% and the latter of 7.9%, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

Last year inbound visitors generated foreign exchange income of NT$374.2 billion (US$12.47 billion) for the island, up 7.4% year on year. And the star-rated hotels raked in revenue of NT$55.1 billion (US$1.84 billion) in the year, up 4.9% YoY.

Of the inbound visitors, 89.1% or 7.14 million were from Asia for an annual rise of 10.3%, the fifth consecutive annual double-digit growth. Among the Asian visitor arrivals, Chinese mainlanders jumped 11.1% to 2.87 million to lead for the fourth consecutive year.

Japanese took the second place with 1.42 million arrivals for a slight annual drop of 0.8%. Visitors from Hong Kong & Macau followed with 1.18 million arrivals, presenting a sizable16.4% YoY rise. The remainder were from Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Italy and Holland.

China has in recent years been the favorite destination for Taiwanese travelers, whose number, however, declined  2.1% to 3.07 million to China last year, averaging 8,417 daily. (JL)

Taiwan's Inbound &  Outbound Travelers (2009-2013)                           Unit: Million
Year
No. of inbound visitors
No. of outbound Taiwanese travelers
2009
4.395
8.143
2010
5.567
9.415
2011
6.087
9.584
2012
7.311
10.24
2013
8.016
11.053
Source: MOTC


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