Group tours by mainlanders to Taiwan were down 30 percent to 17,000 during the first six days of the week-long National Day holiday, Want Daily reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed official of the island’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The figure compares with 25,000 a year earlier. China’s new tourism law, which took effect on Oct. 1, is having short-term impact on group tours to Taiwan, Liu Hsi-lin, deputy director general of the island’s tourism bureau, was quoted as saying. The law bans forced shopping, a practice wherein agents earn commission by taking tourists to participating shops, the report said. Meanwhile, the number of mainlanders on solo visits grew to about 22,600 during the period, up from less than 10,000 a year earlier, the report said.
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