Foreign visitors drive Taiwan’s hotel occupancy rate up


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TAIPEI — Taiwan’s hotel occupancy rate increased 5.3 percentage points year-on-year in the first nine months of this year because of a surge in foreign visitors, the Tourism Bureau said Thursday. Between January and September, the average occupancy rate of Taiwan tourist hotels was 67.4 percent.

The increased occupancy rate was from the rising numbers of foreign visitors, especially from China and Japan, the bureau said. In the first nine months this year, Taiwan received 4 million overseas visitors, up 27 percent year-on-year. China accounted for 1.19 million, or 30 percent, of them, a 74-per-cent increase from last year, and 782,320 or 19.5 percent, were from Japan, up 6 percent from last year, the bureau said.