Published on : Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Taiwan’s tourism bureau announced the number of tourists visiting Taiwan in 2019 saw a 7% increase from the previous year. Receiving 11.84 million was the sharpest annual jump since 2014. The visitors from China increased by 0.5% from the previous year.
In 2019, China wanted to the bring the Taiwan government to its heel by upping the ante against Taiwan by using an array of measures. A prestigious film festival was boycotted in Taiwan which enticed more countries to break diplomatic ties with Taipei. The number of visitors from the mainland were once again restricted and like before it did not achieve the desired effect.
The increased number of visits came even though Beijing made an announcement in August that it would be suspending trips to Taiwan by individual tourists.
This was an attempt to hit the island’s economy so that voting can be reconsidered for president Tsai Ing-wen in the weekend’s general election.
The following month the tourists arrivals from China is known to promptly plunge 60%.
Since Tsai was elected in 2016 , China which claims Taiwan as its own territory considers her as a secessionist who implemented coercive measures and is has repeatedly threatened to use force against Taiwan.
To limit the flow of visitors to Taiwan, China was banking on tour group operators and in two months after Tsai’s inauguration the Chinese group tours came down by 30%.
For Taiwan’s domestic tourism industry, diversifying visitors away from Chinese groups is healthier for Taiwan’s domestic tourism industry.
A fraction of the money is received by the local businesses that cater to the Chinese tourist and most of the spoils goes to the Chinese tour organizers.
Workers who were reliant on business from Chinese tourists have staged protests to show anger against the Tsai’ China policies.