Tourist arrivals could fall 400,000 this year: official

The number of overseas visitors to Taiwan this year could fall by between 300,000 and 400,000 due to the sharp decline in Chinese visitors, Tourism Bureau chief Chou Yung-hui (???) said Wednesday.

The number of foreign visitors to Taiwan was more than 10 million last year.

Chou said that although the number of Chinese visitors has fallen since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office in May, a marked increase in visitors from Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia has made up for some of the shortfall.

According to statistics from the Tourism Bureau, 7.91 million tourists arrived in Taiwan in the first nine months of this year, up 4.84 percent from 7.55 million in the same period last year.

However, overseas arrivals are likely to continue to fall in the fourth quarter, ensuring the total number for the year will be fewer than in 2015.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel