Presidential Office sees fewer Chinese visitors

Taipei--The Presidential Office has received fewer tourists from China resulting in a greater proportion of visitors from other countries to its permanent exhibition since it reopened in September 2016, following extensive renovations to the building, according to statistics provided by the office.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting the permanent exhibition fell from 51.9 percent to 20.3 percent after the new government took office in May 2016, according to the statistics.

As a result, the number of Japanese and South Korean visitors jumped from 6.35 percent to 14.69 percent during the period, while that of tourists from Hong Kong and Macao rose from 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent.

The number of visitors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia climbed from 1.41 percent to 2.66 percent and those from Southeast Asia from 0.39 percent to 1.55 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of domestic visitors also increased significantly, with those from central and southern Taiwan seeing the largest growth, according to the statistics.

The Presidential Office opened its new permanent exhibition on Sept. 18, 2016, the first time a section of the building has been open to the public since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office on May 20 last year.

In addition, an exhibition organized by Taipei City Government in the Presidential Office was opened to the public at night from Oct. 1, 2016, a spokesman for the office said.

To meet the needs of foreign visitors, the Presidential Office is also looking for volunteers with foreign language skills to provide a more comprehensive guided-tour service, while installing a multi-language audio tour system, according to the spokesman.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel