South Korea surpasses Taiwan in terms of income from tourism

By Camaron Kao, The China Post

The China Post–The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) yesterday announced its list of 25 countries with the most tourism income in 2011. The U.S. continued to hold first place and China fourth, while South Korea beat Taiwan to take 22nd. According to UNWTO data, global tourism income grew by 3.8 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, with travelers increasing by 4.6 percent. Both the tourism income in Taiwan and the number of travelers coming reached a record high in 2011. Tourism income in Taiwan increased by 26.4 percent compared with that of 2010. Travelers coming to Taiwan from overseas in 2011 increased by 9.34 percent compared with that of the previous year, with tourists from mainland China accounting for the largest proportion of visitors.

The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) stated that the US$11 billion of tourism income in Taiwan in 2011 was slightly behind Portugal, in 25th place, which had tourism income was US$11.3 billion in 2011.

According to the UNWTO, tourism income in Spain was the second highest, with France in third and Italy fifth. Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Macau, and Hong Kong ranked sixth to 10th in order in terms of tourism income.