Taiwan's tourism industry feels chill
An online survey found that more than 400 hotels and B&Bs across the Taiwan island had been put up for sale after sharp declines in customers.
Taiwan is feeling the impact of a sharp decrease of Chinese mainland tourists.
About 1.75 million people from the Chinese mainland visited Taiwan from January to August, down by more than one-third year-on-year, according to the island's tourism authority.
The island is working to attract visitors from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand to sustain its limping tourism market.
That's not a cure-all, however. Tourism data show that travelers from the Chinese mainland spend nearly USD 200 in Taiwan daily per person, while tourists from Southeast Asia spend only about USD 150 per person.
More than 6 million people traveled overseas during the recent National Day holiday, with Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bangkok, Pattaya and Singapore being the most popular cities, according to the China National Tourism Administration.
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