Gov't will allow 7,000 Chinese to visit Taiwan each day: official
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced that the current limit on daily mainland Chinese visitors will be raised from 5,000 to 7,000 people
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The bureau said the new policy includes raising the number of Chinese group visitor from 4,000 to 5,000 and increasing the number of individual visitors from 1,000 to 2,000.
The Tourism Bureau said that April, May, October and November were the peak months for Chinese tourists numbers to Taiwan. A total of 2.38 million Chinese tourists traveled to Taiwan last year, including 1.78 million group travelers, which was an increase of 46 percent compared to 2011.
According to the current policy, if less than 4,000 group visitors arrive in a day, the surplus quota can be combined with allocations for the following days, the bureau said. They added that this policy has led to packed sightseeing destinations during the peak seasons.
The Tourism Bureau said more than 11,000 Chinese group tourists entered Taiwan on Apr. 18 last year, lowering tourism quality in Taiwan.
In light of this, Chang Hsi-tsung (張錫聰), deputy director-general of the Tourism Bureau, said the National Immigration Agency will cancel the scheme this year. This means regardless of seasons, the number of Chinese tourists will not exceed 7,000 people a day, the bureau said.