By: Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) The number of overseas visitors to Taiwan is expected to breach the 10 million mark
this year for the first time in history, though their overall spending may not show much growth from last year, according to the country’s Tourism Bureau.
The bureau expected that the 10 millionth overseas visitor in 2015 will arrive sometime on Dec. 15 or 16, reaching a milestone that Taiwan just missed last year when it received a record 9.91 million visitors from abroad.
According to the latest statistics, 8.47 million overseas visitors had arrived in Taiwan in the first 10 months of the year, up 4.67 percent from the same period last year.
These tourists will end up injecting NT$445 billion (US$13.62 billion) into Taiwan’s tourism-related businesses this year, the bureau estimated, with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, tour buses and specialty stores the biggest beneficiaries. [FULL STORY]