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Taiwan records 10 millionth foreign visitor for 2018

12/04/2018| 2:35:35 PM|

So far this year, 25 percent of the foreign visitor arrivals have been from the 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania listed in the southbound policy.

Foreign visitor arrivals to Taiwan this year reached 10 million on the weekend, hitting that mark for the fourth consecutive year, a tourism official said Monday.

In 2017, Taiwan recorded 10.7 million foreign visitor arrivals, adding that the 10 million milestone was reached two weeks earlier this year.

Taiwan's largest sources of tourism are Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong/Macau, South Korea and the United States, in that order, which together have accounted for 70 percent of arrivals so far this year, according to Tourism Bureau data.

The number of visitors from Japan is expected to break the 2 million mark by the end of the year, compared with 1.89 million in 2017.

So far this year, 25 percent of the foreign visitor arrivals have been from the 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania listed in the southbound policy.

The annual increase this year in arrivals from Southeast Asian countries has been 20 percent, from the Philippines 50 percent, and from Vietnam 30 percent, she said.

Arrivals from long-haul travel markets such as Canada and Europe have also been on the rise, recording an annual growth rate of 6-16 percent this year. 

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