Published on : Monday, November 6, 2017
On Sunday, tourism chief of the city explained at the opening of a new luxury hotel that in spite of a drop in terms of visits by Chinese tour groups, Kaohsiung is quite confident of its tourism industry of the future.
Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau chief Tseng Tzu-wen recognized that few city hotels this year have shut down. However, many new ones have been introduced, like the NT$2 billion (US$66.236 million) Silks Club in Qianzhen District that officially launched on Sunday.
He explained that 13 hotels in the city with a total of 550 rooms have been closed in 2017 through October. However, 19 hotels with a total of 1350 rooms have opened, same time. This resulted in a total growth of 800 rooms in Kaohsiung till now in 2017.
Also, the Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau has got to know of investment and construction applications for 2 new hotels in the Zuoying District. It showed the growing potential of the tourism sector of the city.
Although, Chinese tour groups visits have dropped considerably, and in the first nine months, the total Chinese visitor arrivals in Taiwan dropped 31.2 percent from a year earlier, Tseng explained that the visitors from Southeast Asia have helped to pull back the slack a bit.
However, the statistics of the Tourism Bureau pinpoints that China is still the main source of overseas guests in Kaohsiung tourist hotels in the first half of the year, followed by Japan and Hong Kong/Macau.