The Transportation Minister said Taiwan posted fewer tourists from China in June...
Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said Thursday that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan in June posted a bigger year-on-year drop than in May, although the country received more foreign travelers in the two-month period compared with the same period of last year.The June numbers are not yet publicly available. Last week the Taiwan Affairs Office of China said that it had not handed down orders to reduce tourists to Taiwan....
It has been widely rumored that Beijing would prohibit Mainland tourists from visiting Taiwan starting July 20. When asked about the rumors, Zhang Zhijung (張志軍), director of the Mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), stated that such rumors were groundless, adding that “The decline in the number of Mainland tourists visiting Taiwan is probably owing to the current ‘atmospherics’ across the Taiwan Strait. Mainland people choose their travel destination on their own. The TAO will not interfere in their choice of travel destinations.”The June stats are not out yet. It is good news for the nation both economically and politically that Chinese tourist numbers are falling off and other more desirable tourist numbers are rising.
Zhang stressed that the Mainland side had never set a quota to restrict the number of Mainland tourists visiting Taiwan, adding that it was Taiwan that unilaterally set quotas.
Tourism is a tiny part of the economy. What about exports? Lately the media has been on about falling exports. What are the numbers? Total export value and growth rate (year on year, I believe)(source). When the papers report "17th straight month" of falling exports, they are using year on year numbers. As you can see, exports are downtrending but fluctuating.
The Bureau of Foreign Trade says we're looking grim, with less trade than last year, and 2015 already lower than 2014. Ma's tying of our economy to China was an economic disaster for the island -- eight wasted years. What a shame.
What is masking the falling exports? Rising trade surpluses. Our trade surplus exhibited yuge growth in 2015...
...it's down a little year on year, but it was $16 billion in Q1, which augers well for the rest of the year.
Economic growth will be crappy this year. Back in February expectations peaked at 1.47%, now they are down around 1%. TIER has more complete numbers here. But a key point for politics...
The salary on average in April stood at NT$ 43,560 or 0.73% less compared with the averaged salary in March this year....salaries continue to stagnate as inflation continues to drive up prices. That will hurt Tsai Ing-wen's approval ratings.
- Slideshow on the origin of the Sunflower movement
- Taiwan starts designing a home-made sub. Billions of dollars in sales from the US foregone.
- Train bomber caught, was mentally ill.
- Future of tea is looking bleak
- New High tech gadgets to drive exports?
- Video showing the destruction of Taiwan's mountains at the hands of its extraction industries.
- Taiwan Pivots away from China, Towards the South
- Wumao attacks on Taiwanese actors will certainly will friends and influence people in Taiwan
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