The News Lens
By: Rosemary Chen
A record 10.7 million people visited Taiwan in 2016 with a boost in tourists from Japan,
South Korea and Southeast Asia offsetting a sharp decline in Chinese.
Taiwan saw a record 10.69 million tourists last year, up 2.4 percent from 2015, according to The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.
Year-on-year, the total number of tourists visiting the country from China was down 16 percent to 3.5 million. China still accounted as Taiwan’s largest source of tourists, at more than 30 percent of all visitors.
However, that was offset by tourists visiting from countries other than China, which lifted almost 15 percent to 7.18 million. A significant number came from Japan, which saw a 16.5 percent increase in tourists to Taiwan to 1.9 million people, and South Korea, with a 34 percent lift to 880,000 people. Japan and South Korea accounted for 18 percent and 8 percent of all visitors respectively. [FULL STORY]