Chinese visitors to Taiwan reach record high in 2012
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The number of Chinese nationals visiting Taiwan in 2012 reached a record high of over 2.23 million, the National Immigration Agency said Wednesday.
January 3, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The figure is an increase of 49 percent from the previous year, when over 1.5 million Chinese people visited Taiwan, according to agency statistics.
Among them, 1.76 million came as part of group tours, up 43 percent from 2011, while over 190,000 entered as independent travelers, 5.3 times the number recorded the previous year, according to the statistics.
In addition, over 150,000 of the visitors were professionals, more than 75,000 arrived on business and over 50,000 visited Taiwan for medical checkups or cosmetic surgery, the agency said.
It added that the number of Chinese visitors who came to Taiwan over the New Year period between Dec. 28 and 31 reached over 18,000, with the highest single-day entry recorded as 5,073 Dec. 28.
NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said his agency will continue to simplify the administrative procedures for Chinese nationals wishing to visit Taiwan in the coming year.