Taiwan sees growth in visitor arrivals in 2014


TAIPEI — Taiwan saw strong growth in tourism from several markets in 2014, which culminated with a 8.9 percent annual increase in total visitor arrivals, according to official figures.

The year-end data showed just over 9.9 million visitor arrivals to Taiwan for 2014, compared with slightly more than 8 million in 2013.

The biggest increase was in the number of arrivals from South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Europe, according to Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Wayne Liu.

Visitor arrivals from South Korea grew last year by an annual 55.5 percent to nearly 500,000, Liu said.

In the first 11 months of 2014, there were more than 1 million visitor arrivals from each of four Asian markets — China, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, and Southeast Asia — according to the bureau’s data.

The breakdown showed 3.64 million visitors from China in the 11-month period, a year-on-year growth of 38.2 percent.

The number of Japanese visitors in that period grew 16.04 percent year-on-year to about 1.5 million, from Hong Kong and Macau 16.94 percent to 1.24 million, and from Southeast Asia 10.47 percent to 1.21 million, the data showed.

A series of food scares in Taiwan and protests in Hong Kong, however, affected arrivals from the Hong Kong and Macau market, causing a decline between September and November, Liu said.