Published on : Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Petition organizers include Providence University Department of Tourism associate professor Huang Cheng-tsung, Tourist Hotel Association chairperson Lai Cheng-i, Hotel Association of ROC chairman Chang Jung-nan and Travel Agent Association of Taiwan chairman Hsiao Po-jen.
Huang said that the Tourism Bureau is drafting a tourism policy white paper known as “Tourism 2030,” which specifies plans for the next 10 years, in order to increase the number of foreign visitors to Taiwan to more than 20 million per year, domestic trips to more than 250 million trips per year, and the overall industry output to at least NT$1.6 trillion (US$51.48 billion).
The tourism industry supports livelihoods of more than 100,000 households, and has the potential to drive development in rural areas, and also encourage young people to return to their hometowns.
Taiwan’s tourism market has witnessed a major change in the past few years, from relying on Chinese visitors to visitors from different countries, Huang said.
Visitors from countries that fall under the New Southbound Policy increased from 1.42 million to 2.43 million in three years, and the number of visitors to Taiwan increased by 13.02 percent in the first five months of this year. Huang added that the total number of visitors is expected to go beyond 12 million this year, generating foreign-exchange revenue of more than NT$450 billion.