l It’s been a year since the “free independent traveler” (FIT) program became available for Chinese tourists to Taiwan. Originally set at 500 a day, the limit has been adjusted upward to 1,000.
l However, the total number of Chinese FIT applicants—approximately 100,000—is significantly below Taiwan government's original projections. Among the many factors, the complicated, time-consuming application process has turned many prospective applicants away.
l Compared with roughly 14 million Chinese FITs to Hong Kong every year, the disappointing number has frustrated local merchants, particularly retailers and hotel operators.
Interested in subscribing ETRC reports and services?
Please contact us at: email@example.com