The number of tourists travelling across the Taiwan Strait increased sharply in the first half of the year, after the two sides' tourism industries launched major marketing campaigns.
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The number of mainland tourists to Taiwan totaled 707,400 people in the first seven months of the year, double that of the same period last year, said Man Hongwei, secretary general of the mainland-based Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Strait (ATEATS), at a press conference in Taipei on Thursday.
The number of Taiwanese travelers to the mainland reached 2.47 million in the first half, a year-on-year rise of 17.13 percent, said Man, who is in Taipei to attend the fifth Taipei Cross-Strait Travel Fair that begins Friday.
"Tourism has become one of the backbone cross-Strait industries," he said.
"The tourism industries of both sides should consider closer cooperation, instead of simply operating travel packages," he added.
The mainland has sent a delegation of about 1,200 members from 31 provincial divisions to the travel fair. They will operate 366 booths in an exhibition area of 8,000 square meters.
Taiwan is an important market for the mainland's tourism industry and the number of Taiwan tourists to the mainland is expected to top 5 million this year, Man said.