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Taiwan opens doors to more individual Chinese travelers

TAIPEI--Taiwan will open its doors to individual Chinese travelers from 13 additional Chinese cities in June and August, the Tourism Bureau said Sunday.

The individual traveler program will be expanded to residents of Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Suzhou, Ningbo and Qingdao beginning June 28, the bureau said in a statement.

Also, travelers from Shijiazhuang, Changchun, Hefei, Changsha, Nanning, Kunming, and Quanzhou will be allowed to visit Taiwan without having to be part of a tour group beginning Aug. 28, the bureau said.

The agreement was reached after several meetings between the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association and China's Association For Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits, the bureau said.

Taiwan first opened its doors to individual Chinese travelers on June 28, 2011. Since the beginning of the program, the number of arrivals by Chinese individual travelers to Taiwan has reached 387,396, as of the end of May. Last year, 191,148 Chinese travelers visited Taiwan through the program, according to the bureau.

The number of Chinese individual travelers also grew by 233% during the first five months of this year, reaching 1,100 arrivals on average per day, the bureau reported.

To attract more individual Chinese travelers, Taiwan raised the daily ceiling on such travelers from 1,000 to 2,000 per day beginning April 1.

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