Taiwan tourism market faces sharp decline

Published on : Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Taiwan tourismOne would find very few visitors appreciating the colored glaze art and its display on the shelves of a souvenir shop at Sun Moon Lake based in central Taiwan. “I have no idea where the Chinese mainland tourists are now. The streets here used to be full of them during the weeklong holiday,” said Shih Mei-yen, the shop’s owner.

The souvenir shop has the possibility to make at least NT$1 million ($33,000) every month. However, at present it makes only about NT$300,000, she said.

Shih is not the sole salesperson in Taiwan who is undergoing the impact of a sudden drop of Chinese tourists. Amy Lin, who is the owner of a hotel based in the Sun Moon Lake region, equally witnessed the same situation of decline in mainland customer numbers by over half during the previous holiday season in October, especially those on package tours.

According to an online survey, over 400 hotels and B&Bs all over the island had been put up for sale after they witnessed sharp drop in customer number.

From January to August, over 1.75 million tourists from the Chinese mainland came down to Taiwan by more than one-third year-on-year, according to the island’s tourism authority.

The island is keeping no stones unturned to lure visitors from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand to maintain its injured tourism market.


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