Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
Tsai Ing-wen, who is the president of Taiwan have vowed during a tourism festival of Taiwan on Thursday that the government would implement its best efforts in boosting the regional tourism sector of this area. It has laid out three goals for the purpose of promoting the local tourism.
Tsai added that this year would prove to be a significant year for transforming the tourism industry of Taiwan.
This is simply due to the fact the government would be acting as the strongest support system for this industry, he feels. During the ceremony, Tsai had come up with the three main goals that would help promote the local tourism. This would be achieved by developing the unique features of every country and city, establishing policies that meet the requirements of the industry and also exploring possibilities of building a diverse tourism environment.
She also noted that the ‘New Southbound Policy’ of her administration that had been implemented in 2016 was progressing remarkably well.
In fact, the policy has been instrumental in drawing a record number of tourists from the countries of Southeast Asia.
On Thursday, Tsai said ‘thank you’ in different languages to foreign tourists who have visited Taiwan over the last year in a certain Twitter tweet. In the year 2016, the number of international tourists in Taiwan had reached a record high.
In that tweet, she had written thank you in Vietnamese, Hindi, Tagalog, Indonesia, Thai, Korean, Japanese and English in their original characters.
Along side that, she had also included ‘thank you’ note in Chinese characters that are generally utilized by the people of China and ethnic Chinese who reside in Singapore and other places.
In 2016, Taiwan witnessed about 10.69 foreign tourist arrivals that marks a 2.4% year-on-year increase from the last year, as per the government statistics.
Though there has been a 16.1% decrease in international tourist arrivals since 2015, Chinese visitors continued to be the largest source of foreign visitors to Taiwan in 2016. About 3.51 million Chinese nationals had travelled to Taiwan that year.
Last year, 1.9 million tourists from Japan had visited Taiwan that had accounted for the 17.7% of the total.
This was followed by South Korea with 880,000 arrivals.
Taiwan has also observed an increase in tourists from Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand in 2016. This happened as the country started smoothening visa procedures for citizens from these nations in November 2015, according to the Directorate Generate of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.