After the Chinese government banned residents from 47 cities to solo travel in Taiwan on Aug. 1, eight provinces and cities said they will further extend the ban to tour groups, leading to decrease of 400,000 people traveling to Taiwan from September to December, according to the Travel Agent Association of R.O.C. Taiwan (旅行業同業公會全聯會). The eight provinces and cities include Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Ningxia and Jiangxi. As far as the association knows, the quota of tour groups in October is cut in half, and 30 percent will remain between November and December.
Travel agent Li Chi-yu said there is good market potential in South Asia so he expects more tourists to come from there. He suggested a visa waiver for those countries, especially Indonesia and Vietnam where they still need visas to travel to Taiwan. He also encouraged authorities to promote charter flights.
For instance, Li said, there are 1 million people traveling from Thailand to Japan, but only a few thousand coming to Taiwan.
Li added that it is challenging to immediately increase the number of tourists from Japan, South Korea, Honk Kong and Macau, but Taiwan should not slack off when it comes to promoting in these regions.