Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten per cent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law.
The number of solo Chinese travellers surged 174 per cent to 522,000 people compared with 191,000 in 2012, the government said.
But group arrivals fell 4.6 per cent to 1.69 million, after Beijing outlawed forced shopping trips prompting operators to raise the price of package tours, officials said.
The dramatic rise in tourist numbers is indicative of the increasingly warm ties between Taiwan and China.