Record of almost 3 mil. travel between Japan, Taiwan in 2012
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The number of Taiwanese and Japanese tourists traveling between the two countries reached a new yearly high of almost 3 million in 2012, it was announced at a tourism award ceremony yesterday.
January 12, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
As part of the “Visit Japan Campaign,” the agency presented awards to major airlines and tour operators that have made significant contributions at a ceremony sponsored by the Taipei office of the Japan Interchange Association. The Japan Interchange Association, the counterpart to Taiwan's Association of East Asian Relations, handles bilateral relations in the absence of official diplomatic ties,
Japan Interchange Association officials said around 1.6 million Taiwanese visited Japan over the past year, while Taiwan hosted 1.35 million Japanese tourists.
They attributed the all-time high to the efforts of the governments, air carriers and travel agencies of the two nations.
China Airlines (CAL), EVA Airways Corp., TransAsia Airways (TNA) based in Taipei, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) were ranked the top-five air carriers, transporting the most number of travelers between the two countries in 2012.
Taiwan travel agencies Cola Tours, Taipei Southeast Travel Service Co. and Lion Travel were cited as helping arrange the most tours and services.
While receiving an award from the Japan Tourism Agency, general manager Wu Shou-chien of Cola Tours said Taiwan's travel industry has made tremendous efforts and achievements since a record 7 million overseas visitors came to the island in 2012. Wu noted that 10 million Taiwanese residents went traveling overseas in the 12-month period. Taiwan has a population of 23 million people.
The achievement was remarkable in light of Taiwan's energy price hikes and the global economic slowdown, he said.
Rates of tourism between Taiwan and Japan will remain strong in 2013, said most Taiwan travel agency senior executives.