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.
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