Expo, parks receive 4.4 mil. visitors over holiday: gov’t

The China Post news staff

The long “Pure Bright Festival” weekend had up to 4.4 million visitors hitting up recreational sites across the nation within the four-day period, according to numbers compiled by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

The good weather on April 3 prompted the highest number of visitors at over 1.6 million. Further, Children’s Day April 4, discounts and deals offered by many theme parks proved to be effective in boosting admissions — over 300,000 visitors in four days. Over the holidays, all pavilions of the Taipei International Flora Expo were inundated with visitors, with admissions hitting a total of 290,000. Scenic sites saw a similar spike, with 150,000 visitors reported at the Sun Moon Lake and other areas like the Northeast Coast with 60,000, Alishan with 50,000 and of course, the annual Kenting Spring Music Festival, which raked almost 200,000 revelers. Amusement and theme parks — many of which gave free-admission to children aged 12 and below — had healthy tourist numbers. The top five most-visited sites recorded by the MOTC were, in descending order, Janfusan Fancy World Theme Park, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, the Sun Link Sea resort and the Bada Elf Paradise. The Leofoo Village Theme Park administration said over 50,000 people visited its establishment over the holidays, resulting in profits of almost NT$40 million (US$1.36 million), a number comparable to that of the results during the Chinese New Year vacation.

Hotels and other accommodations also saw proportionate profits with the holidays; the Taipei branch of Caesar Park Hotel was almost fully booked all four days while the Grand Hotel reported an occupancy rate of 80 percent.