Taiwan has raised its tourist permit quota to meet a recent surge in demand, Reuters reported. From now through May 1, a popular travel holiday in China, Taiwan will issue up to 7,200 permits per day to mainland tourists, more than double the 3,000-person ceiling set last summer when the island signed a deal with Beijing to allow mainland tourists to visit Taiwan, said Chiu Hsin-ying, a Taiwan immigration service official. The quota will fall to about 4,300 after May 1, he said. Beijing began aggressively promoting Taiwan tourism this year to get headcounts up after a dismal first half, when headcounts numbered in the hundreds, disappointing the tourist service sector that was anticipating mainland travel spending.
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