Taiwan tourist arrivals rose 35.8 percent for the first 10 months year on year, according to data released Dec. 6 by the ROC Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
The country welcomed 3.8 million arrivals for the period, topping last year’s total of 3.63 million with two months to go. Tourist arrivals, as percentage of all visitors, increased to 64 percent from 58.1 percent last year.
But the number of business arrivals fell to 750,000 from 820,000 a year ago, the first time since 2010 that a decrease has been recorded. Taiwan saw 980,000 of these travelers last year.
For October, 610,000 visitors arrived in Taiwan, a rise of 15.1 percent year on year and the 12th consecutive month of double-digit growth.
Mainland China recorded the highest number of arrivals at 220,000, up 37.7 percent year on year. It was followed by Japan, 120,000, and Hong Kong and Macau, 71,000. Europe and the U.S. experienced falls of 3.6 percent and 8 percent, respectively.