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Taiwan sees fewer Japanese tourists due to weaker yen

TAIPEI--Fewer Japanese tourists visited Taiwan during the first 11 months of 2013 as a result of the depreciation of the Japanese yen, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting Statistics (DGBAS) said yesterday.

Although the group still accounted for Taiwan's second-largest source of tourists, after Chinese tourists, the number dropped by 2.6 percent to 1.28 million compared with the same period a year ago, officials said.

This bucks the overall trend Taiwan is seeing. According to the DGBAS, Taiwan saw 7.21 million foreign national arrivals between January and November last year, a 9.1 percent annual increase. By the end of the year, the island set a new record — welcoming more than 8 million tourists for the first time in a single year.

Chinese tourists topped the list at 2.63 million, an 11.7 percent year-on-year increase. The number of travelers from Hong Kong and Macau also increased significantly by 15.5 percent to 1.06 million during the same period.

Tourism Bureau officials plan to continue to promote Taiwan to Japan and other key tourist markets, including through theme tours, in depth travel, and special promotions.

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