06 Apr '11, 5am

Taiwan set for more mainland Chinese tourists: TAIPEI: Taiwan and China plan to further expand cross-strait tour...

TAIPEI: Taiwan and China plan to further expand cross-strait tourism by allowing individual travel to the island. A trial will be conducted during the first half of the year and will start with residents from major cities like Shanghai and Beijing. At the moment, visitors from the mainland are allowed to enter Taiwan only if they are part of a tour group. Taiwan's iconic landmark, the Taipei 101, has benefited from the surge of mainland Chinese visitors. Thanks to their tourism dollars, the world's second tallest skyscraper turned a profit for the first time since it was built in 2004. Other major tourist attractions have also seen strong growth since Taiwan allowed guided tours for mainland Chinese two-and-a-half-years ago. So far, nearly two million Chinese have visited Taiwan and brought in US$3 billion. But that is only the beginning. Many small businesses will also be...

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