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2018, a positive year for tourism in Taiwan

Taiwan welcomes its 10 millionth visitor this year and diversifies its source markets.

Taiwan has announced that it has already surpassed the 10 million visitor mark, 70% of whom come from neighbouring regions - China, Japan, Hong Kong & Macao and South Korea - as well as the United States.

Some markets are developing strongly: thus the number of visitors from Vietnam is increasing by 30% and from the Philippines by 50%. European arrivals are up 16% this year and Air France has relaunched three direct weekly flights between Paris and Taipei.

This is a godsend for hoteliers who deploy their supplies on the island, such as the Dutch group citizenM, which has opened a 267-room property in the capital.

The only problem is that the number of Chinese visitors is shrinking - as it is in Thailand - and is impacted by the decline of the Yuan against the dollar. The decline in the island's main customer base could prevent Taiwan from breaking its record of 10.7 million visitors in 2017.

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