Australian visitor arrivals to Taiwan increases again
Australian visitor arrivals to Taiwan have again increased with figures released by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau this week showing a total of 6051 Australians visited the destination in September 2012.
The figure represents an 8.4 per cent increase over the 5578 visitor tally achieved for the same period in 2011 and helps take figures for the period January-September 2012 to 55,051.
This in itself represents an 8.09 per cent increase over the 50,933 figure achieved for the same period in 2011.
The release of the figures follows news that the Taiwan government has announced plans to spend TND463 billion (NZD19.3 billion) on a new third terminal and other facilities at Taoyuan International Airport, the country’s main international gateway.
Work on the new terminal, the centrepiece of a proposed ‘Taoyuan Aerotropolis’ project, is set to begin in 2014 with the development becoming operational in 2018.
International visitors to Taiwan reached a record 6.08 million in 2011.
Current figures for the January-September period show the total number of international visitors for the year to date have topped the 5.32 million mark, a 24.20 per cent increase over the 4.28 million achieved for the same period in 2011.
(Source: Taiwan Tourism Bureau 26 Oct 2012)