National Tourism Administration, Shao Qiwei announced on the Fifth Straits Forum held on 16 of June that through cross-strait negotiations, additional 13 mainland cities will be included as the third batches of “individual travel” pilot cities.
The 13 new cities include: Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Suzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shijiazhuang, Changchun, Hefei, Changsha, Nanning, Kunming and Quanzhou.
Cities under official effective date of June 28 include Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Suzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao and other six cities;
Cities under official effective date of August 28 are Shijiazhuang, Changchun, Hefei, Changsha, Nanning, Kunming and Quanzhou.
Shao Qiwei also announced to soon increase the travel the tours organized in mainland of China.
For the past five years, the number of mainland travel agents engaging in the Taiwan travel business has increased to 216, the number of tourists travelling to Taiwan has increased from 55,000 in 2008 to 1.97 million passengers in 2012 with an average annual increase of 105%. The cumulative number of tourists travelling to Taiwan reached 5.8 million, accounting for 78% of the total number of tourists for Taiwan during the same period. Tourism has become the main channel of communication between Taiwan and the mainland.
The full list of 26 cities under the policy of individual travel currently are: Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tianjin, Nanjing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Jinan, Xi’an, Wuhan, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Suzhou, Changchun, Shijiazhuang, Kunming, Nanning, Changsha, Hefei, Quanzhou.