Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Sharp increase in Taiwanese tourists visiting Okinawa

The number of foreign tourists coming to Okinawa has been increasing for five consecutive months since March. Taiwanese tourists were the largest group, at around 50 percent of the total. Their number has been increasing every month since February. The number of Taiwanese tourists to Okinawa from January to July 2013 amounted to 131,700, which is up 2.2 times on the same period last year.

People involved in the Taiwanese tourism industry expect further increases in demand for travel to Okinawa.

China Airlines currently operates 18 round-trips between Naha and Taipei every week. The number of people using the route from January to June increased by 30 percent over the same period the previous year.

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