By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Premier Simon Chang on Wednesday said he knew what to expect after seeing recent changes of the number of Chinese tourists traveling to Taiwan, but he was not specific on whether the number has dipped.
In response to a rumor circulating among industries related to tourism that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan has been falling and airline operators have cut down on number of flights to Taiwan, Chang said the government has been monitoring data and situations related to the issue, but “The other side [China] has never given an oral confirmation.”
Chang said he has heard that some airline operators have changed to using small airplanes to operate the routes between China and Taiwan.
As Taiwan and China have made a bilateral agreement on tourism, theoretically no sides should use man-made or administrative means to interfere the market mechanism, Chang said, adding that he can understand China’s concern behind not giving confirmation. [FULL STORY]