Chinese tour group visits down 36 percent in Oct.
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwan has seen a 35.7-annual drop in Chinese tour groups in the first 20 days of October, the result of anew ban in China on low-cost, low-quality tours.
October 23, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, local travel agents expected the sector to be hit hard by China's ban, which as of Oct. 1 outlaws “free” or low-cost tours that make up revenue from commissions for forcing travelers into mandatory shopping trips.
Officials remain confident that the change is for the best. In the long run, it will boost both the quality and quantity of group travel from China to the benefit of both visitors and businesses, the bureau said.
Statistics show only 54,705 Chinese people traveled to Taiwan in sightseeing tour groups in the first 20 days of the month, which is usually a peak month for travel thanks to the weeklong break for China's national day.