CNA with Red Brick Staff

The number of Chinese visitors to Taiwan posted a 15 percent drop in the two-month period from May to June, according to Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

Kaohsiung and the far south beach resort town of Kenting have both begun to report slowdowns in mainland visitors.

The Central News Agency reports that there are indications of a gradual decline in the number of applications by Chinese nationals for travel permits to Taiwan.

According to Tourism Bureau data, in 2015, over four million Chinese tourists visited Taiwan, a number almost evenly split between independent travelers and those in tour groups.

Government statistics show 327,254 Chinese people traveled to Taiwan in May, down 45,512 or 12.21 percent from the same month of the previous year.

Many speculate the dip in Chinese visitors – especially to south Taiwan – is due to the election of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

South Taiwan overwhelmingly voted for Tsai over her more pro-China rival in the January 2016 election.

President Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), assumed office on May 20th, 2016.

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