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More cities may launch individual tourism to Taiwan

(Beijing Daily)

16:53, December 23, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The mainland has submitted to Taiwan a list of seven new cities that may offer individual tourism to the island, according to China Central Television.

Taiwan has finished the preliminary assessment recently with only the negotiation and agreement between Cross-strait Tourism Exchange Association and Taiwan Strait Tourism Association to be confirmed.

According to other sources, Taiwan have approved the addition of at least three cities, including Tianjin, Nanjing and Guangzhou, and further adjustment will be made depending on the practices excluding the upper limit of 500 people for individual visits every day.

The seven pilot cities includes Nanjing, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Jinan and Chengdu. Insiders said that Taiwan has completed the analysis of increasing economic benefits with the expansion of pilot cities based on the seven cities.

Meanwhile, priorities of the new pilots will be arranged from reference of the records of group visits to Taiwan from these cities by tourism authorities coupled with consideration of the economic benefits and security management before submitted to the Minor Two Associations for final negotiation. And the priorities have been decided in the past few days with the top three of Tianjin, Nanjing and Guangzhou, followed by Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Jinan.

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