Taiwan welcomed 4.99 million overseas visitors in the first half of 2015, 3.4% more than the same period last year.
Data released by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau reveals that the country continued to benefit from a surge in arrivals from mainland China in H1 2015. The mainland contributed 2.05m arrivals to Taiwan in the six-month period, or 41% of the total.
Combined with the 696,148 visitors from Hong Kong and Macau, Chinese visitors accounted for 55% of Taiwan’s total arrivals.
Other major source markets for Taiwan in the first half included Japan (746,424 arrivals), South Korea (323,731), the US (235,090), Malaysia (198,895) and Singapore (173,144).
In 2014, the annual number of visitors to Taiwan exceeded nine million for the first time. The country is targeting 10 million visitors this year.