By Hsiao Yu-hsin and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe tourism deficit last year topped NT$300 billion (US$9.7 billion) for the first time, with the cumulative tourism deficit over the past four years reaching NT$1 trillion, Tourism Bureau statistics showed yesterday. They have visited all parts of the nation and now want to travel abroad, he said. However, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism vice president Liu Hsi-lin (劉喜臨) said Taiwan does not have a tourism deficit problem, although there is a big gap between outbound and inbound tourism. Even when Taiwanese travel abroad, this still benefits Taiwanese travel agencies, he said, adding that increased travel abroad is an expression of national power and not necessarily a bad thing. Nevertheless, the domestic tourism market has a lot of room for improvement and the inbound tourism market could also be improved, he said.
Source: Taipei Times October 08, 2018 15:56 UTC