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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News Asia / Pacific) Jun 10, 2013

Chinese individual tourism to Taiwan surges 237 percent The number of Chinese mainlanders traveling to Taiwan as individual tourists from January to May totaled 166,000, an increase of 237.49 percent year on year, new data has showed. State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman Fan Liqing said at a regular press conference on Sunday that 385,800 mainlanders had traveled to the island as individual tourists by the end of May. Fan said such tours to Taiwan have become increasingly important channels for people-to-people exchanges, and for strengthening ties between people from across the Taiwan Strait, and they have benefited Taiwan's economy. Furthermore, she said, the list of cities from which citizens can apply for individual tours to Taiwan will soon be expanded. An overall ban on traveling to the island was lifted by Taiwanese authorities in July 2008. However, mainlanders at that time could only travel there as part of tightly run tour groups, business trips, academic visits and trips related to family affairs. Taiwan first opened the door to individual tourists from mainland cities on June 28, 2011, but only to residents of three major cities -- Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen. The list of eligible cities was expanded to 13 on April 1, 2012, as a result of negotiations. Jun 9, 2013

Chinese tourism to Australia up 17 percent More Chinese tourists than British are visiting Australia despite strong Australian dollar. New Zealanders still take first place, comprising almost 20% of the country's 5.8 million international visitors in the year to March, but an increasing number of holidaymakers are coming from Asia, Tourism Research Australia figures show. The biggest growth came from China, with visitor numbers increasing by 17%, followed by Singapore on 13 per cent, then Malaysia and Taiwan both on 12%. American and Indian tourist numbers both rose by seven percent, despite the Australian dollar holding parity with the greenback. However, the number of UK visitors has fallen by three percent. Tourism Research Australia chief economist Leo Jago says the five per cent annual increase in the number of overseas tourists showed the high Australian dollar wasn't an impediment. "Results like these are clear indications of the ongoing growth of the Asian market, and continuing recovery of some of the traditional markets," he said in a statement. Half of all overseas tourists went to NSW, followed by Queensland with 35%. About 50% of visitors came for a holiday, a quarter visited relatives, while 16% traveled for business. Source: Jun 7, 2013

Chinese tourists becoming more frugal On her fifth visit to Hong Kong, Wang Ting, a 25-year old from northwestern China, spent a five-day holiday in April in a room with an ocean view in a luxury hotel. The cost of the accommodation was nearly 20,000 yuan ($3,264). She spent only half of that on shopping. "I've been here many times. I know what I want," she says. But Wang's aunt, who arrived in Hong Kong one week later, refused to stay at the same hotel. "The room rates are too high and all I need is a bed to sleep in," says the 42-year-old. But she is not price sensitive when it comes to shopping. She bought two luxury watches, three branded handbags and some jewelry. The two mirror the changing behavior of Chinese outbound travelers. An increasing number behave more prudently when buying overseas, accounting for a sharp decline in the purchase of high-end products, a recent survey found. According to the Annual Report of China Outbound Tourism Development 2013, the percentage of Chinese travelers who spent more than 5,000 yuan on their outbound trip was lower in 2012...

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