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Travel to Taiwain more popular

MORE than 100,000 trips have been made by Chinese mainland visitors to Taiwan between last July until March 12, the Cross-straits Tourism Exchange Association said yesterday.

A total of 4,105 groups have visited the island since it was opened to mainland tourists last July, involving an average of 447 daily arrivals.

The number of mainland tourists surged in March, with an average of more than 1,000 trips registered every day after residents from another 12 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, including Sichuan, Henan and Heilongjiang, received permission to visit on January 20.

Previously, travelers from only 13 mainland provinces and municipalities were allowed to visit the island under an agreement signed last June by the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation.

The number of travel agencies has increased from 33 to 146 and the newly added 113 will start organizing visitors at the end of the month when the numbers of Chinese mainland travelers is expected to surge.

According to a sample survey, 86 percent of mainland tourists were "satisfied" with their Taiwan trip.

"Taiwan has been working on new measures to increase mainland tourism, which may include cutting tour prices," said Taiwan's Travel Agent Association Director General Yao Daguang.


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