Taiwan Welcomes Ten Millionth Visitor and Becomes Ninth Most Visited Country in Asia

Taiwan Welcomes Ten Millionth Visitor and Becomes Ninth Most Visited Country in Asia
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Taiwan's visitor expenditures grow annually and the island ranked number 24 in visitor expenditures in the world in 2014. This has attracted international hotel chains to invest up to NT$ 354.5 billion (approximately US$ 10.7 billion) in the local hotel industry from 2008 to 2016.

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China Times reports, on December 20, the ten millionth visitor to Taiwan showed up at 5:38 am.

Christopher Manuele, an Italian-American from California, arrived at Taoyuan International Airport from Los Angeles on China Airlines flight CI007, becoming the ten millionth visitor. The Tourism Bureau even invited a traditional lion puppet performance to celebrate his arrival.

Manuele says that this is his first visit to Taiwan and he immediately felt the enthusiasm and friendliness of Taiwanese people.

Apple Daily reports, the Tourism Bureau said that President Ma Ying-jeou will personally receive the ten millionth passenger and present a glass trophy, HTC phone, round-trip business class ticket, souvenirs from each Taiwan county, five-star accommodation vouchers and other gifts, which come to a total of more than 100 items.

NOWnews reports, Taiwan’s visitor expenditures grow annually and the island ranked number 24 in visitor expenditures in the world in 2014. This has attracted international hotel chains to invest up to NT$ 354.5 billion (approximately US$ 10.7 billion) in the local hotel industry from 2008 to 2016.

The number of international tourists has grown from 3,845,187 in 2008 to 9,416,888 from January to November this year, and has reached ten million up to this day. It has taken Taiwan 40 years to become the ninth country to be able to consume ten million tourists in Asia.

Liberty Times reports, the direct effects of the tourism expenditure of 2015 has reached up to about NT$ 753 billion (approximately US$ 22.8 billion), which accounts for about 4.72% of the GDP.

China Times reports, Chen Jia-yu, associate professor of the Department of Tourism at Shih Hsin University, says that Taiwan only has a population of 23 million people, so the arrival of ten million tourists annually means that every two Taiwanese people has to receive one tourist, which is quite balanced. But if the number of tourists reaches up to 20 million, we might have to bear the declination of quality of life.

CNA reports, Li Qi-yu, assistant professor of Taipei City University of Science and Technology (TPCU), says that holders of the ROC passport can visit 158 countries and regions without visas, but people from southeast Asia still have difficulties applying for Taiwan’s visa.

CNA reports, chief of the Department of Tourism Management at Hsing Wu University of Science and Technology, suggests that the government offer southeast Asian tourists visa applications upon arrival and to increase connecting flights and the number of transit passengers so that we can decrease our reliance on Chinese tourists.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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