Taiwan aims to lure more tourists from the region


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan is committed to attracting more tourists from neighboring countries, apart from China, and in particular Japan and South Korea, Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Mao Chi-kuo said yesterday.

“The number of tourist arrivals from Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries has grown this year by more than 20 percent,” Mao said, in response to questions by lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the government’s tourism expansion efforts during a legislative committee meeting.

Although Taiwan in July established direct cross-strait weekend passenger charter flights and opened its doors wider to more Chinese tourists, the economic effect of the two measures has been limited, as the number of Chinese traveling to Taiwan remains low, the lawmakers said.

“The government is aiming not just at the Chinese market, but is also eyeing other markets like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and other Southeast Asian countries,” Mao said.