E-visa service helps attract visitors from HK, Macau
CNATAIPEI--A free electronic visa application service for Hong Kong and Macau visitors to Taiwan has helped boost tourism figures in Taiwan, the National Immigration Agency said Thursday.
July 27, 2012, 12:17 am TWN
As of Thursday, 1,202,523 Hong Kong or Macau travelers had visited Taiwan on e-visas since the new system was launched Sept. 1, 2010, according to agency statistics.
In 2009, when there was no e-visa service and the visa-handling fee was NT$300 (US$9.96), 488,496 travelers from the two regions visited Taiwan, the statistics showed.
The number of visitors grew to 606,293 in 2010 and 696,657 last year, the agency added.
Despite a loss of NT$90 million in application fees, the growth in visitor numbers benefited the local economy, with each traveler spending an average of NT$28,000 during a stay that lasted four days on average, the agency noted.