Kinmen sees increased travel volume from China this year

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Kinmen sees increased travel volume from China this year

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) The travel volume between Taiwan's offshore Kinmen County and China via the three mini-links in the first five months of this year grew 3.12 percent year-on-year, according to the Kinmen County government.

Citing National Immigration Agency (NIA) statistics, the county government's Tourism Department said in a press release that the number of passengers traveling from China's Fujian Province to Kinmen and vice versa between January and May totaled 727,410, up from 705,412 registered in the same period of 2017.

Among them, Taiwanese passengers accounted for 57.08 percent of the total, at 415,239, while Chinese visitors stood at 295,414, or 40.61 percent. Other foreign nationals made up 2.3 percent, at 16,751 passengers.

During the five-month period, Kinmen's visitor arrivals from China totaled 146,556, an increase of 9.18 percent from the same period of last year, when the figure was 134,228, the press release noted.

According to the department, the increase in travel volume can be attributed to an easing of restrictions by the NIA, including lowering the entry permit fees for Chinese citizens on arrival, which took effect Jan. 1 this year.

Based on NIA statistics, the number of Chinese nationals who applied for entry permits on arrival between January and May stood at 21,149, up 37.82 percent from the same period of 2017, it said.

Department Director-General Chen Mei-ling (陳美齡) said the increase in travel volume can also be attributed to a series of festivities organized by Kinmen in April, such as the Straits Travel Fair, which helped spur the number of tourists arriving from China.

Tourism has become more diversified, and as such, the county will continue to plan new cultural itineraries to appeal to tourists from China in the near future, Chen said.

(By Huang Huei-min and Ko Lin)

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