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Taiwan to see more mainland individual tourists


14:33, April 02, 2012

BEIJING/TAIPEI, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Residents of ten additional Chinese mainland cities will be allowed to travel to Taiwan as independent tourists, according to a deal reached between organizations from both sides of the Strait on Sunday.

Residents of Tianjin, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Chengdu will be allowed to visit Taiwan individually starting from April 28, according to a deal reached by the Chinese mainland's Association for Tourism Exchanges Across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan's Taiwan Strait Tourism Association.

The agreement also states that residents of Jinan, Xi'an, Fuzhou and Shenzhen will be permitted to visit individually before the end of the year. Previously, only residents from Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen were allowed to make individual trips.

Under the new agreement, the quota for mainland individual tourists to Taiwan will be increased to 1,000 per day from the current 500.

The new move was welcomed by individual businesses as a potential stimulus for the island' s service and tourism sectors.

Pai Chung-Ren, president of the Taiwan-based Certified Travel Councillor Association, predicted that more young people will travel to the island because of their preference for traveling alone.

"They have strong purchasing power and are generally well-educated. I believe they will have a greater understanding of Taiwan after traveling individually," Pai said.

Mainland tourism companies have predicted a sharp increase for cross-Strait tourism. In Fujian, Taiwan's nearest mainland province, tourism companies have signed agreements with their Taiwanese counterparts to deepen industry exchanges and cooperation.

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