Travelers to, from Taiwan reach record high in 2012
CNATAIPEI--The number of travelers who went through immigration at Taiwan's international gateways reached a record high in 2012, with Chinese visitors making up the largest share of foreign travelers, the National Immigration Agency said Tuesday.
February 21, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
A total of 34.95 million people passed through immigration last year, up around 12 percent from a year earlier, according to the latest figures released by the agency.
Of those, Taiwanese nationals left and entered the country 20.4 million times during the year, with their preferred travel destination China, followed by Japan and South Korea, figures showed.
Among foreign visitors, travelers from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, had the biggest share of arrivals and departures, entering and leaving Taiwan 6.9 million times.
They were followed by visitors from Japan and the United States, the agency said.
A total of 74 percent of the nearly 35 million passenger arrivals and departures came at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the figures showed.