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Cross-strait tourism market grows

AROUND 383,330 Chinese mainland tourists in 13,731 groups had visited Taiwan in the 12 months since July 18 last year, Shao Qiwei, director of China's National Tourism Administration, said yesterday.

Shao announced the figures at a round-table seminar in Beijing marking the launch of the cross-strait tourism market.

Under an agreement signed by the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation on June 13 last year, mainland tourists were allowed to visit Taiwan on weekend charter flights starting in July.

Shao said that more than 2.11 million tourists from Taiwan visited the Chinese mainland in the first half of this year, despite the economy or the spread of swine flu.


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