Peaceful cross-strait relations boost Taiwan tourism

According to Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, the island welcomed 10.43 million inbound tourists in 2015, up more than 180 percent from 3.71 million in 2007 and surging above 10 million for the first time in history.

Revenue from inbound visitors rose 164 percent to 452.8 billion New Taiwan dollars, or about 13.6 billion U.S. dollars.

Ma says that peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait and the island’s opening policies are important pillars for the fast growth in tourism.

Official data shows that 4.18 million visitors from the mainland went to Taiwan last year, up 4.94 percent year on year.

Tourists from the mainland last year accounted for about 40 percent of total inbound tourists.

In the first three quarters of 2015, average daily consumption by mainland visitors stood at 232.15 U.S. dollars, the highest among tourists from all countries and regions.

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