Ratio of young Chinese tourists to Taiwan on rise: report

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Photo courtesy of China News Service

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Shanghai, Aug. 1 (CNA) The percentage of young Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan has been on the rise, which tourism sources attribute to a higher number of independent tourists visiting the country.

According to a recent report by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, the ratio of Chinese tourists to Taiwan aged under 39 years old accounted for 40.1 percent of the total Chinese tourist arrivals in 2011, compared with 47.9 percent in 2016.

A further analysis of the Chinese visitors aged under 39 years accounted for 62.01 percent of all those who came to Taiwan as independent tourists, businesspeople or professionals in 2016.

Commenting on the phenomenon, Su Yu-hong (蘇宇宏), chief of the Shanghai branch of the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association, told CNA that the trend can be a result of more Chinese independent tourists visiting Taiwan.

Young adults are usually frequent users of electronic or mobile devices, which makes independent travel easier for them and for more young Chinese tourists from second- or third-tier cities, he analyzed.

Their reasons for visiting Taiwan vary, ranging from attending concerts to following recommendations by Internet personalities, he said, noting that as far as he knows, ticket sales for a concert by Taiwanese singer/songwriter Cheer Chen in Taipei bundled with a tour package being promoted by Taiwan's China Airlines have been quite good.

Apart from some scenic spots such as Alishan and Sun Moon Lake, which are familiar to most Chinese people, some of them come to Taiwan simply to sample its famous snacks or visit the locations where their favorite Taiwanese dramas were shot, Su said.

(By Chen Chia-lun and Flor Wang)
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