Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The number of people traveling to and from Taiwan in the first 11 months of 2017 was up slightly from last year, helped by a sizable increase in visitors from Southeast Asia, Ministry of the Interior figures released Saturday showed.
According to the ministry's statistics, there were a total of 48.17 million travelers who departed from and arrived in Taiwan from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30 this year, up 4.1 percent from the same period of 2016.
Just over three-quarters of those travelers (75.35 percent) entered or exited Taiwan through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, ministry figures showed.
Of the 24.08 million people who entered Taiwan, 9.62 million were foreign nationals, of which 25.81 percent were from China, 17.78 percent were from Japan and 15.74 percent were from Hong Kong and Macao.
As a region as a whole, Southeast Asia accounted for 19.4 percent of all foreign visitor arrivals at nearly 1.87 million, up 32.57 percent from a year earlier.
Visitor arrivals from Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand showed particularly strong growth, rising 100.5 percent, 71.96 percent and 56 percent, respectively, year-on-year.
Of the 24.09 million travelers who departed from Taiwan for an overseas destination in the first 11 months of 2017, 60 percent were Taiwan nationals, 16 percent were citizens of China, Hong Kong and Macau, and the remaining 24 percent were of other nationalities.
The figures showed that the preferred overseas destinations of Taiwanese travelers were Japan (29.63 percent of all outbound trips), followed by China at 25.04 percent and Hong Kong at 11.25 percent.