Taiwan: Mainland Visitor Numbers up 68% in 2010
According to Taiwan's tourism authority, more than 1.63 million visitors from mainland China traveled to the island in 2010, which is 67.75% more than in the same period of 2009.
The figures also revealed that mainland China had overtaken Japan as the largest source market of tourists for Taiwan.
The tourism authority expects that the number of mainland visitors will rise to two million this year, and to contribute revenues of more than NTD100 billion to the island's tourism sector.
The tourism authority said that the total number of visitor arrivals from both mainland China and foreign countries rose 26.67% year on year to an all-time high of about 5.57 million.
The tourism authority also said the total number of visitors is expected to hit 6.5 million in 2011.
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