No. of visitors to Taipei travel fair hits new high


TAIPEI–The number of visitors to Taiwan’s biggest travel fair broke the 75,000 mark Sunday, the highest single-day attendance number for the event.

The Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF) attracted 75,014 visitors on its third day, up almost 23 percent from the 60,925 recorded on the third day of last year’s fair despite a drop in temperatures, the organizers said.

The ITF, now in its 25th year, is bigger than ever, with 1,500 booths operated by 60 countries over a four-day run set to end the following day.

Visitor numbers reached 51,238 and 72,953 on the first two days of the fair, respectively, according the organizers.

The Taiwan Visitors Association, organizer of the event, said the fair had also decided to extend its opening hours for the last day to between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the first time, to accommodate what was expected to be a record number of visitors.

According to market sources, based on previous experience, travel agencies were expected to release some especially sweet deals on the last day of the event to further boost sales.