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Taiwan Tourism ends 2018 year with 11 million tourist arrivals

Taiwan Tourism ends 2018 year with 11 million tourist arrivals

The 11 millionth tourist to visit Taiwan in2018 is a Japanese tourist. He arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on a flight from Kansai International Airport on Sunday.

Shinobu Nishikawa, a doctor from Nara, received an unexpected grand welcome from the Tourism Bureau.

The bureau gifted Nishikawa two free air tickets to the destination of his choice, a three-day travel pass for Taiwan’s high-speed rail, free accommodation at five-star hotels in Taipei, Hualien, Taitung and Kaohsiung, among other perks.

It was the first time that Taiwan has received 11 million overseas visitors in a single year, after coming close in 2017 and 2016. Taiwan broke the 10 million-visitor barrier for the first time in 2015.

Nishikawa says this is his fifth time visiting Taiwan, the third time for his family.










Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.