Date
18 October 2018

More mainlanders go solo on cross-strait holidays, paper says

More independent travelers than tour group members visited Taiwan from the mainland during the National Day break, reflecting changes to the mainland’s tourism law, Want Daily reported Thursday, citing data from the island’s tourism bureau. The number of mainlanders on group tours to Taiwan fell 30.57 percent to 17,777 during the first six days of the weeklong break compared with the same time last year, while the number of solo tourists was 22,612, or 3,768 per day, more than double the 1,380 per day of a year earlier. Lai Cheng-i, chairman of the Taiwan Tourist Hotel Association, called on Wednesday for Taipei to extend the validity of visas for mainland businesspeople from the present three months to six months, the report said.

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