Taiwanese travelers head overseas while domestic tourism slumps: data
CNATAIPEI--Taiwanese travelers have been making more overseas trips as tourism within the country has slowed down, according to tourism data released Monday by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
September 3, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Citing statistics compiled by the Tourism Bureau, the DGBAS said that Taiwan citizens made 10.24 million overseas trips in 2012, up 6.8 percent from a year earlier, for which they spent NT$499.1 billion (US$16.75 billion), an increase of 7.5 percent.
On average, each person spent NT$48,740 on each trip abroad, a 0.63 percent annual increase, with the total rising to NT$52,384 — or 0.9 percent growth — when including domestic consumption related to the trip like luggage or personal items purchased before boarding.
Within Taiwan, travel was down to 142 million domestic trips, a decrease of 6.7 percent from the year earlier level, statistics showed.
DGBAS officials attributed the decline mainly to the higher comparative basis registered in 2011, which was fueled by a number of domestic promotions in connection with the country's centennial celebrations, as well as the Taipei International Flora Exposition that concluded that year.
Total spending on domestic trips posted a 13 percent annual decline in 2012, with per capita spending on each trip dropping 6.8 percent to NT$1,900, according to DGBAS tallies.