The mainland’s new tourism law against so-called forced shopping has not put a dent on cross-strait visitor numbers to Taiwan, China News Service reported Thursday, citing data from the island’s National Immigration Agency. The law came into effect on Oct. 1 and just over 57,000 mainland tourists visited Taiwan between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2, compared with 40,6611 in the same period last year. According to the agency, the increase was due to more demand over the National Day holiday rather than last-minute tours by budget travellers. The agency is temporarily speeding up processing of travel applications in response the higher demand, the report said.
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